For Immediate Release

Source: United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism


Alani Henneman-Todman, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism +1 340 774-8784

Bevan Springer, Marketplace Excellence +1 201 861-2056


Stanley and The Ten Sleepless Knights.

Photo credit: Malek Bascombe 




Iconic Quelbe Band will be celebrated at 2019/2020 Crucian Christmas Festival

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (October 5, 2019) – St. Croix’s renowned musical group Stanley and The Ten Sleepless Knights will be honored at this year’s Crucian Christmas Festival on its 50th anniversary in the music business.

Newly-appointed Director of the Division of Festivals, Ian Turnbull, announced that the iconic group will be celebrated at the festival, whose carnival village has been named “Stanleyville” this year.

One of three major cultural events celebrated annually on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, this year’s Crucian festivities will be held on “The Big Island” between December 6, 2019 and January 5, 2020.

“It’s hard to find another musician (Stanley Jacobs) or musical group deserving of this honor after working tirelessly to keep our quelbe music and Crucian culture alive for more than five decades,” said Turnbull, who confirmed that culinary icon and culture bearer Lena Schulterbrandt will also be honored during the festival’s “Cultural Night”.

With the theme “What a sight to see: music, culture and pageantry”, this year’s festival schedule is undergoing a revival and will include calypso and soca events, a boat parade, food fair, pageants, reggae and latin nights, along with the traditional children’s and adult parades.

Shamari Haynes, the division’s assistant director for St. Croix, stated that new components of this year’s festival include a Sweet Bread and Jam Breakfast Fete in Christiansted, and Jou’Day, a day-time street party, each of which will showcase the food truck cuisine of St. Croix. Food trucks will also be able to park on the periphery of the festival village.

He reminded vendors participating in the festival of a committee meeting on Wednesday, October 23 at Gertrude’s restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

All vendors doing business with the Division of Festivals are required to have a valid USVI Business License and DUNS number.

For further information, vendors can contact the Division of Festivals at the Department of Tourism.

Assistant Director Haynes can be reached at 340-772-0357 or, while Director Turnbull and Assistant Director for St. Thomas Halvor Hart III can be contacted at 340-774-8784, or and, respectively.