Miracle on Main Street


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ST. THOMAS - The Santa hats came out in droves Friday evening on Main Street.

Local bands and vendors lined Main Street from Market Square to Emancipation Park from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the 21st annual Miracle on Main Street.

Simultaneously, the lighted boat parade also took place, during which 15 boats decorated in lights circled the harbor.

"I love it with all the Christmas lights everywhere," said Erica Todman, whose daughter, Tiannha Todman, 7, counted down to the tree lighting at about 8 p.m. "The music, the food, everything."

While the crowd appeared to be smaller than in recent years, the event still drew hundreds of people. Many of them were decked in red and green accessories, especially the children.

Many of the children participated in the variety of performances taking place along Main Street, including music and dance numbers.

"I used to be in the majorettes," said Latoya Joseph, whose niece, 10-year-old Shakera Hughes, was dancing with Hughes' troupe.

Though many of the performances took place during the evening, the event was an all-day affair, with more than 50 vendors opening at 9 a.m. to participate in "Christmas Village." The village was a set-up of vendors in Emancipation Garden.

"What do I want to see? Some good music, and I want to see my lady with the pumpkin Johnny Cakes. And I'll be bringing home some pates," said Janet Martin, who was shopping around in the evening.

A lot of the businesses, though they also were open in the morning, stayed open during the evening. They, too, noticed that the crowd appeared to be smaller than in recent years, though they said that they still were getting a fair amount of business.

"It's a little slow," said Prem Daswani, who owns Royal Caribbean, a jewelry store on Main Street.

Daswani said that he felt the continuous buildup towards Christmas, including Thanksgiving sales, Black Friday sales and then Cyber Monday, tired some people out on holiday shopping already.

"I think people are saying, 'I've seen it, I've seen it. I've done it, I've done it,'" Daswani said.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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