Highlights from St. John Festival 2018 Parade

On Wednesday, July 4th, residents and visitors alike came out to enjoy the St. John Festival Parade celebrating culture, emancipation and the strength of the island as it recovers from the hurricanes in late 2017.

The parade started just after 12:00 p.m. Children and adult troupes, steelpan players, the St. John School of the Arts troupe, the Department of Education, The Westin and others made their way through Cruz Bay in a lively and colorful fashion representing the theme that was set for this year, “Resilient, Strong and Filled with Love and Esteem for St. John Festival 2018.”

Chester “Mighty Grover” Brady pilots his banana boat. Amy Roberts photo.


Parade Marshalls First Responders and St. John Rescue. Perdita Stapleton photo.


DJ Adonis Morton heads up SJSA troupe. Amy Roberts photo.


St. John School of the Arts troupe “play mas” in homemade masks. Amy Roberts photo.


St John School of the Arts troupe. Perdita Stapleton photo.

Priscilla Hintz Rivera Knight of Bajo El Sol organized the community mask-making project. Amy Roberts photo.

David Knight Jr. In full carnival regalia. Amy Roberts photo.


Jodi Tanino and Wanda Burgos enjoy some cooling fresh fruit. Amy Roberts photo.


The troupe Dancing with Denise came from Upstate N.Y. Amy Roberts photo.


Jordan Powell helps her mother, Julice Harley, carry the VIPA banner. Amy Roberts photo.


Steven Payne plays pan. Amy Roberts photo.
‘Indigenous People’-Maekiaphan Phillips pictured with husband and eight of their ten children. Perdita Stapleton photo.
‘Ladies In Ztep” preparing for parade. Perdita Stapleton photo.


Parade Viewers at Nature’s in Cruz Bay. Perdita Stapleton photo.


Member of the Hugga Bunch troupe. Amy Roberts photo.


Westin Troupe. Perdita Stapleton photo.

Westin Troupe. Perdita Stapleton photo.


The Indians. Amy Roberts photo.


Wilma Philip, Marva Applewhite, and Gloria Samuel enjoy the parade. Amy Roberts photo.

Check out this video by Christian Wheatley Photography. It will certainly bring a smile to your face.