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Parsons slams ‘wukkin up’, vulgarity in festival parade

Parsons slams ‘wukkin up’, vulgarity in festival parade

Former legislator and Virgin Islands cultural icon, Eileene Parsons has once again come out against the unsavoury behaviour of persons involved in the annual Emancipation Festival parade.

Parsons, while speaking on a local radio programme recently, said she wanted to comment on what had become the norm regarding vulgar dancing along the parade route.

According to Parsons, several people have brought the issue to her attention and have questioned the direction in which the BVI is headed.

Wukkin up is not BVI!


The former legislator was troubled by more than simple gyrations and indicated that this was not her only concern about how the parade has degenerated over the years.

Parsons was particularly moved by the involvement of minors in the melee and said one gentleman commented to her that the ‘wukkin up’ is so vulgar and children are made to watch.

“Honestly, what I am seeing with these women bending over, and the men [expertly] wukkin up on them, that is not BVI,” Parsons insisted.

In the process of registering her opprobrium, Parsons added a variation on a recent controversial claim she made about how far back she could trace her bloodline; this time noting that it was “forty generations back” on her grandfather’s side. Parsons expressed that she was proud of her heritage.

How do we let our women/girls go out ‘in that condition’?


A regular feature herself in the August Emancipation Festival parades over the years, Parsons argued that given what is happening now, the BVI must go back to the drawing board with regard to the Festival parade celebrations.

“I don’t want them to change this [Festival] committee,” she added. “The changing of the committee every year is not a good thing. Let them stay so they could process from what happened last year, they could improve on it. There needs to be continuity in the parade.”

“Honestly, what I’m seeing on Road Town streets now would make my grandmother wonder,” Parsons continued. “And I know my grandmother would wonder how parents, husbands and boyfriends could allow their ladies to leave home in that kind of condition. What only they should see, the world is seeing August Monday.”

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