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Community Invited to UVI Carnival Village: Anniversary & Centennial Celebration

Logo of UVI's Carnival Village Anniversary and Centennial Celebration

The University of the Virgin Islands Student Government Association and its Social and Cultural Committee are hosting the 2nd Annual UVI Village, which will be held on Thursday, April 13, in the Sports and Fitness Center front parking lot.

This year UVI is celebrating its’ 55th Anniversary as the Virgin Islands commemorates the Centennial of the Virgin Islands being a United States Territory. “We are highlighting this monumental time with the explosion of VI culture and customs with a taste of Buccaneer pride,” said Leon Lafond, UVI Student Activities director.  “There will be games, food, an opportunity to win prizes, entertainment, and so much more.”

The event will be opened with a Pride Parade beginning at 1 p.m. that leads into an opening ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Sports and Fitness Center Parking Lot. Entertainment will be provided by Spectrum Band, The Venomous Poizon Band and a special guest DJ.

 “This will be an amazing event for all faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the wider Virgin Islands community to attend,” said Lafond. “As we embrace the culture of the Virgin Islands and UVI being the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the Caribbean, we encourage families to support such positive initiatives as such.”

Two distinguished titles will be awarded at the event. These titles include a pageant raffle and the UVI Village 2017 Grand Marshall, both of who will be representative of culture and pride. Registered UVI clubs and organizations and UVI departments will host booths, with food and drinks on sale and games will be available.  There will also be an expo segment of the event occurring throughout the afternoon and will include an array of presentations and display boards that represent the United States Virgin Islands culture, especially during its 100-year history. UVI’s Carnival Village is the official kick-off of the University's Pride Week Events.