April 25, 2002 — More than 10,000 people made their way down the Waterfront early Thursday morning with no major incidents of crime or violence always a concern during the Carnival J'ouvert celebration because of the late hour and general partying that starts at 4 a.m.
Police spokeswoman Annette Raimer said there were a couple of scuffles and police confiscated three guns, thanks to people who pointed out those in the crowd who were carrying weapons.
Byron Lee and the Dragonnaires, Jam Band, Imaginations and P'your Passion provided the music for J'ouvert, called Roas-A-Time this year for the 50th anniversary celebration.
Byron Lee led things off at about 4:30 a.m. – a good start for an event that traditionally has started much later.
Raimer said the crowd measured two miles long. Many longtime J'ouvert goers said they couldn't recall a bigger, nicer or more diverse crowd.
By 9 a.m. the tail end of the mass of people was in front of the Holiday Inn Windward Passage, making good time toward Carnival Village where the Phranchize band from St. Croix kept the party going well into the morning.
Many politicians were out in force.
Gov. Charles W. Turnbull tramped all the way with Byron Lee, surrounded by supporters with Turnbull T-shirts. John deJongh Jr. was there too, and his supporters handed out bottles of cold water with deJongh-Arnold labels and towels with the deJongh-Arnold logo to thirsty, hot revelers.
Michael Bornn and his wife, Brigette, were wearing his bright blue Bornn-for-governor T-shirt. Louis Hill, a candidate for Senate, and his wife, Desiree, wore Hill's campaign T-shirt too as they tramped down the Waterfront.
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