Crucian Christmas Carnival begins tonight at East Mini Village

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ST. CROIX - It's that time of year again.

A month chock full of Crucian Christmas Carnival activities gets under way this weekend with the launch of the East Mini Village at D.C. Canegata Ballpark, scheduled for a 7 p.m. start tonight.

It will be a three-night run for the East Mini Village, including an Ol' Time Night on Saturday, featuring a parade in downtown Christiansted and tramps.

Davidson Charlemagne, Crucian Christmas Carnival president, said the festivities will offer a wide variety of music and entertainment.

"We've got entertainment from all over the world," he said.

The number of vendors for the East Mini Village has grown from around 10 last year to 18 this year, Charlemagne said.

This weekend will also feature a Mini Carnival at the Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

"Our elders in the homes there are being forgotten. We just felt that our kickoff for Carnival should be with our elders," Charlemagne said. The family-friendly event at Herbert Grigg will feature a sampling of Carnival performances, from mocko jumbies to quelbe bands and quadrille dancers.

Charlemagne challenged the family and friends of Herbert Grigg residents to come out to the event, which features free admission, although food and drink are extra.

And this weekend is only the beginning, with activities then moving toward Frederiksted as Carnival kicks into high gear.

From J'ouvert to Food Fair, from entertainment in the Village to the parades, this year's Carnival will have something for everyone, according to Charlemagne.

The theme for the Crucian Christmas Carnival this year is "All ah we are Carnival," and Charlemagne said there is an event to suit everyone's tastes.

"We want everybody to enjoy every minute," he said.

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