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ALENDAR — January — Crucian Christmas Festival, St. Croix — A  nnual St. Croix International Marathon — — — — —

February St. Croix Yacht Club International Regatta Annual Against the Tide Breast Cancer Swim St. Croix Mardi Gras Parade T  he Annual Antiques, Art & Collectibles Auction, St. Thomas — St. Croix Agricultural and Food Fair — — — — —

ARNIVAL CELEBRATIONS Music is the pulse of our islands. The sounds of calypso, reggae and quelbé music float through the air. This is especially true during our festivals. The Crucian Christmas Festival, St. John’s Celebration and, of course, the Virgin Islands Carnival bring new and exciting food, performances, parades and colorful costumes. These local island events are also your chance to spot a colorful Mocko Jumbie, or “elevated spirit,” a traditional stilt-walker dressed

March Transfer Day International Rolex Regatta, St. Thomas St. John Blues Festival U  SVI Jazz Ensemble Annual Spring Concert, St. Thomas — St.  George Botanical Gardens Flower and Fine Art Festival, St. Croix — United Way Chili Cook-Off, St. Croix — — — —

April VI Carnival, St. Thomas A Taste of St. Croix Annual Run for Cover Event, St. Thomas

— May — International Ironman Triathlon, St. Croix — Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club Memorial Day Tournament — A  rts Alive Annual Spring Arts and Crafts Festival, St. Thomas — Miss Virgin Islands Scholarship Pageant — Friends of the VI National Park Beach-to-Beach Power Swim — June — M  onth-Long St. John Festival Begins

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July July 3rd VI Emancipation Day Celebration July 4th Festival Parade, St. John M ango Melee and Tropical Fruit Festival, St. Croix — V irgin Islands Game Fishing Club Open Kids Tournament, St. Thomas — — — —

August USVI Folklife Festival, St. Croix USVI Open Blue Marlin Tournament VI Chili Cook-Off, St. Thomas

— September — Labor Day — — — —

October USVI / Puerto Rico Friendship Day Annual St. Croix, Virgin Islands Coral Reef Swim Two-Mile Walk or Run Breast Cancer Fundraiser, St. Thomas

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November Charter Yacht Show, St. Thomas TEMPO Birthday Event, St. Croix Thanksgiving U SVI Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament, St. Thomas HTA Tommy Star Awards and Gala A rts Alive Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival, St. Thomas St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair Blue Bay Jazz Festival, St. Croix

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December Crucian Christmas Festival, St. Croix Miracle on Main Street, St. Thomas Montessori School’s Annual Las Vegas Night, St. Thomas

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