Following an announcement that the annual emancipation festivities are being scaled down this year, revellers have been guaranteed that the Rise and Shine Tramp will not be excluded from the festivities.
The event, which is a J’ouvert, will remain as part of the celebrations along with the Emancipation Service, festival village entertainment, the Miss BVI pageant, and the August Monday Parade.
The ministry made the disclosure today (April 25) while announcing the new executive board for the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee.
Trefor Grant will remain as Chairman while Xavyrna Samuels will sit on the committee as Vice-chairperson.
Other members include treasurer, Nashema Smith-McKenzie; Public Relations Officer, Lynette Harrigan; Secretary, Luce Hodge-Smith; Brenda Lettsome-Tye; Carnel Cline; and Lyra George.
Carrot Bay Cultural Fiesta Representative, Judy-Ann Smith; East End/Long Look Festival Committee Representative, Sandra Potter-Warrican; Anegada Representative, Harella Wheatley; and Jost Van Dyke Representative, Ricky Callwood also hold seats on the committee.
Other committee members are Lyndon Hodge, Ottley Hodge, Marvin Blyden, Stuart Donovan, Kathryn Smith, Samuel Hodge, and Richard Georges.
“As the territory continues on its journey towards recovery, it is important for us to remember the vital role that the acknowledgement and continuation of cultural events play in contributing to the overall recovery process,” said Culture Minister, Myron Walwyn.
He said the festival committee has received strict instructions to remain on budget this year.
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