39th USVI-BVI Friendship Day Celebrated


Julius E. Sprauve School Marching Band

King Shaka Zulu and his Queen and colorful Mocko Jumbies

The St. Thomas Majorettes

Dignitaries from across the U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands gathered in Cruz Bay on Saturday morning, October 20, for the 39th annual celebration of USVI-BVI Friendship Day.
Last week’s festivities was the first time the event was hosted on St. John.

Following speeches and songs at the Cruz Bay bandstand, Love City Pan Dragons entertained a huge crowd, which also enjoyed a free and healthy breakfast spread.

A mini-parade from the Cruz Bay Battery along the waterfront was headed by the Julius E. Sprauve School Marching Band, followed by the Love City Leapers, Gifft Hill School dancers, King Shaka Zulu and his Queen and colorful Mocko Jumbies. The St. Thomas Majorettes completed the fun-filled morning parade.

After the Cruz Bay fun wound down, revelers decamped to Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins, where more dancing and cultural music was featured.

Attendees at last week’s USVI-BVI Friendship Day festivities included Governor John deJongh and his wife, Cecile, Lt. Governor Greg Francis and his wife Cheryl, , Department of Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls, Senator at Large Craig Barshinger as well as BVI Premier Dr. Orlando Smith, and numerous other USVI and BVI government officials.

Governor de Jongh in discussion with BVI Acting Governor Archibald during USVI/BVI Friendship Day activities on St. John on Saturday

(From left to right) Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., BVI Acting Governor Her Excellency Mrs. V. Inez Archibald, Mrs. Cheryl Francis, First Lady Cecile de Jongh, Lieutenant Governor Gregory R. Francis, and BVI Premier Dr. The Honorable D. Orlando Smith at Annaberg Plantation on St. John on Saturday — site of the 39th USVI/BVI Friendship Day.