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UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 19, 2012

De Jongh Signs Annual Proclamation as Territory Prepares to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Virgin Islands Carnival

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. has signed a proclamation granting administrative leave for government employees as the territory prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Virgin Islands Carnival.

In a proclamation signed earlier this week, de Jongh noted that Virgin Islands Carnival has become one of the region’s top festivals, attracting thousands of people to the Virgin Islands.

“During this historical and festive season, hundreds of families, friends, visitors and supporters will be visiting the territory to enjoy and partake in the our cultural activities, and the sights and sounds of Carnival,” de Jongh said, adding, “This additional celebration provides a tremendous financial boost to our economy and helps to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Carnival and our culture.”

In order to encourage greater participation in the Food Fair and to enhance the celebration of Virgin Islands Carnival by all residents and visitors, as is traditional, de Jongh has granted leave to non-essential government employees as follows:

DISTRICT OF ST. THOMAS – ST. JOHN ONLY:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Food, Arts and Crafts Fair Day
12 noon to 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
J’ouvert
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TERRITORY-WIDE:

Friday, April 27, 2012
Children’s Parade Day
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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