Before Covid-19: Remembering St. John Festivals Past

Normally, V.I. newspapers and television would be trained on the St. John Festival right about now. While it’s been canceled this year thanks to a nasty virus, here are some photos from last year’s carnival and other years, to whet your appetite for next year and remind you of the good times.


Former Ms. St. John Razilee Oquendo shows off sashes from festivals past (Amy Roberts photo).

Visitors peruse the goods at the 2019 St. John Festival Food Fair. (Source photo by Raven Phillips)

Crowds ‘clear de road’ for Pan in Motion (Amy Roberts photo).
A line of Volkswagens join the parade (Amy Roberts photo).
A tribute to businessman Carl Penn, who died in Spring 2019 (Amy Roberts photo).
Zulus roar down the road (Amy Roberts photo).
A line of dancers in the Westin Resort’s troupe show off their moves (Amy Roberts photo).
A member of the Gypsies troupe twirls in Cruz Bay (Amy Roberts photo).
The Dept. of Education’s Mocko Jumbies tower over spectators (Amy Roberts photo).
St. Thomas Majorettes show off their acrobatic skills (Amy Roberts photo).
Members of the Love City Pan Dragons staff groove to Pan in Motion (Amy Roberts photo).


St. John’s Love City Pan Dragons perform at the 2018 St. John Festival.
The Caribbean Ritual Dancers perform the bamboula.
Pan in Motion heads up the street. (Amy Roberts photo)
Chester ‘The Mighty Groover’ Brady sails his banana boat down the parade route. (David Knight Jr. photo)


The Westin’s troupe, carrying signs celebrated the resort’s 20th year on St. John, blew a blizzard of confetti into the air.
Macislyn Bamboula Dancers
Shakima Jones and daughter Sequoia Sprauve belt out the Virgin Islands March.


Claudine Scatliffe Daniel at the “Doan Be Nobody Else’ food booth at the St. John Carnival Village.