Nov. 28, 2005 The sights and sounds of the Crucian Christmas Festival are coming together for an explosive weekend kick-off.
The youngest members of the Festival royal family will be chosen at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the St. Croix Educational Complex. Four young couples are competing for the coveted title of Festival Prince and Princess. As the Crucian Christmas Festival heats up several activities will kick off this weekend.
"A Global Mix of Cultures, Sounds and Lyrics for Festival 2005-2006" is the theme for this years' Festival and the revelry begins this weekend.
On Saturday, tramping enthusiasts can dust off their dancing sneakers and line up at 6 p.m. with the Hartatak band for the first tramp of the season. After the tramp winds its way from the Frederiksted Post Office to Buddhoe Park, the contestants vying for the titles of Festival royalty will be introduced to the public. This year marks a resurgence in the number of individuals vying for Festival titles, with seven Miss St. Croix contestants, four Prince and Princess couples and three young men competing for the title of Mr. St. Croix. (See Seven Will Compete for Miss St. Croix Crown).
Vying for the title of Festival Prince and Princess are: Teresa Cuencas and Akeem Crispin. Cuencas is an 8-year-old student at the Juanita Gardine Elementary School. Crispin is also 8 and attends the Alfredo Andrews Elementary School.
Couple number two is Rochanna Johnson and Lakish Plante. Johnson is an 8-year-old student at the Evelyn Williams School. Plante is 10 years old and attends the St. Croix Christian Academy.
Couple number three is Ahvitahl Alverez and Justin Davis. Alverez and Davis are both 10 years old and attend the Juanita Gardine School Elementary School.
Couple number four is Aliya Jackson and Maleek Matthew. Jackson is 9 years old and Matthew is 10 years old. The both attend the Church of God Holiness Academy.
The contestants will be judged on their introduction speech, cultural wear, talent, formal cultural wear, and question and answer.
Prince and Princess co-chairpersons Prudence Tuitt and Denise Lewis said the show will be exciting and full of local talent. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Check back frequently to the Source for all your 2005-2006 St. Croix Festival highlights. See the complete schedule here."
Saturday, Dec. 3
2 p.m. Enjoy live music at Buddhoe park
6 p.m. – Tramp begins from Frederiksted Post Office to Custom Square
Sunday, Dec. 4
3 p.m. – Prince and Princess Pageant at the St. Croix Educational Complex.
Four couples between the ages of 8 and 11 are competing
Sunday, Dec. 11
6 p.m. – Jr. Calypso Competition at Island Center
Friday, Dec. 16 – Calypso Elimination, 8 p.m. at the Mala-Bu nightclub in Sunny Isles. Tickets are general admission $15 at the door. There are 14 contestants
Sunday, Dec. 18
5 p.m. – Miss St. Croix Pageant at Island Center. See seven lovely contestants vie for the title
Sunday, Dec. 25
6 p.m. – Caroling at Buddhoe Park
Monday, Dec. 26
2 p.m. to midnight – Beach Jam at Fort Frederik Beach
Coney Island rides open
Thursday, Dec. 29
8 p.m. – Festival Village ribbon cutting opening ceremony
8 p.m. – Opening night tramp from Frederiksted Post Office to Village
Sunday, Jan. 1
noon – Watersports Day at Fort Frederik Beach
1p.m. to 6 p.m. Youth Extravaganza at Paul E. Joseph Stadium
Special appearances by Shrek and friends Admission $10 for adults, $5 for children
Monday, Jan. 2
8 p.m. – Caribbean Night at Festival Village
Tuesday, Jan. 3
8 p.m. Quelbe tramp Frederiksted Post Office to Village
Wednesday, Jan. 4
11 a.m. Food, Arts and Crafts Fair at the Christian "Shan" Hendricks Vegetable market in Christiansted
8 p.m. – King and Queen of the Bands at Festival Village
Thursday, Jan. 5
5 a.m. – J'Ouvert from Hannah's Rest to Festival Village
8 p.m. – Calypso finals at Island Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, Jan. 6
10 a.m. – Children's Parade at Frederiksted
7 p.m. – Latin Night (Noche Latina) at Festival Village
Saturday, Jan. 7
10 a.m. – Adults Parade 10 a.m. at Frederiksted Village closing
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