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‘Parade & Rise & Shine must happen’ - Hon Vincent O. Wheatley

‘Parade & Rise & Shine must happen’ - Hon Vincent O. Wheatley

One day after the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) issued a press release announcing the cancellation of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Monday Parade, the Sub-Committee was instructed to make it happen.

In a press release that came out on Friday night, April 15, 2022, the VIFFC said, "Due to various factors, unfortunately, there won’t be a parade this year.”

However, while delivering remarks at the opening ceremony of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival at the Raul ‘Jougo’ Sprauve Festiville on April 16, 2022, Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) made it emphatically clear that Rise and Shine Tramp and the Easter Monday Parade must happen, even if it means him tramping solo.

Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) made it emphatically clear that Rise and Shine Tramp and the Easter Monday Parade must happen even if it means him tramping solo.

So far there has been no official announcement from the VIF&FC or its sub-committee on whether the Easter Monday Parade will be held.


‘We are going to have jouvert Monday & Parade’- Hon Wheatley


"Somebody tell me, some Tortola man saying Parade, we ain't got no Jouvert, I don't believe that is true because I told Chairman [Mr Franklin Walters Chairman of the VG Easter Festival Committe] make sure Monday when I get up early, I get a jouvert because I have a special costume for my jouvert Monday Rise and Shine."

He added, "Unless the Minister for Health, who is here, tells me differently we are going to have jouvert Monday and we are going to have a parade Monday. If it’s me alone I jumping up me alone, so all of you who had changed your mind and gone and pack up your costume take them back out. Ayo meet me on the road, meet me on the road. When you see me just throw me a bottle of water, you will know what to do next."

According to the Ninth District Representative, he has the full support of Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to make the Easter Monday Parade and Rise and Shine happen.

So far there has been no official announcement from the VIF&FC or its sub-committee on whether the Easter Monday Parade will be held.

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