Christmas Carnival fun in full swing

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ST. CROIX - Crucian Christmas Carnival is ramping up this week to reach its finale with J'ouvert, the Food Fair, the Calypso Monarch competition and the Children's and Adults' parades.

With the first presentation since the Festival Organization changed the name to the Crucian Christmas Carnival, the Carnival J'ouvert will take place 5 a.m. Wednesday from Hannah's Rest and Emancipation Drive intersection.

Several bands atop flat-bed trucks and thousands of revelers are expected to hit the streets and make their way out for the traditional tramp and street party that will dance down to the Carnival Village.

Nightly entertainment and more than a dozen booths serving up tasty food and refreshing drinks will continue in the Betty's Kitchen Carnival Village through Sunday.

Thursday at noon, the Food Fair will take place at the Eliza McBean Clock Tower in Frederiksted and will feature some of the island's cooks, serving up their tasty food, cooling drinks, sweet pastries, fruit strews and locally made crafts to residents and visitors alike. Streets around the Food Fair will be blocked off for the event.

On Thursday night, the Carnival Calypso Monarch competition takes place at 8 p.m. at Island Center for the Performing Arts, where Cedric "Spade" Brookes will defend his title.

The high-energy show will feature nine other talented entertainers, including Campbell "King Kan" Barnes, Paul "King Blazer" Bryan, Temisha "Caribbean Queen" Libert, Samuel "Mighty Pat" Ferdinand, Emanuel "King Emanuel" Henry, Hector "Sawdust" Alexander, Lynda "Nikki" Brooks, Morris "Generic" Benjamin and Augustin "Liberator" St. Luis.

The calypsonians all advanced from the semifinals competition Dec. 21.

The Children's Paraade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Friday, and the Adult Parade is set to step off at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Crucian Christmas Carnival began Dec. 6 with the presentation of the Mini Village and Old Time Night Parade in Christiansted and during the last few weeks, residents and visitors have been able to enjoy events including a night-time parade, a mini-Village at Canegata Ball Park, mini carnival at Herbert Grigg Home, the Princess and Duchess Show, the Miss St. Croix Pageant, Soup du Cure, Party Monarch competition, the Calypso eliminations and the opening of the Festival Village.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email

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