The annual emancipation festivities are being scaled down this year, Education and Culture Minister Myron Walwyn has said.
The Miss BVI pageant and the annual August Monday Parade are the only two events confirmed for the festivities, so far.
“As it relates to the other activities, we are going to have to take a look at all of them; bearing in mind, of course, the proposed figures in the budget,” Walwyn said on Monday.
The minister said the budget for the festivities is yet to be finalized and will be discussed when the House of Assembly reconvenes this week.
However, he said the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee has been instructed to be more prudent with their spending.
“I made it clear to them that I will not be entertaining any overruns for festival going forward; particularly in light of the challenges that the territory has found itself in as a result of the hurricanes last year,” Walwyn said.
He said the committee is now in the process of drafting a report on ‘what the festivities will look like’ this year.
The report should be ready in the next two weeks, Walwyn added.
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