(V I Consortium) While many Caribbean islands have canceled their carnival activities for 2021, including the biggest of all, Trinidad, the U.S. Virgin Islands, whose carnival events happen in April, had not mentioned its plans. On Monday, however, Governor Albert Bryan confirmed to the Consortium that carnival activities will not be taking place next year in St. Thomas, though virtual activities are expected.
Asked whether it was safe to say that there will be no carnival in St. Thomas next year, Mr. Bryan said yes. He later added that while one never knows for sure, all signs point toward the territory getting back to a sense of normalcy when vaccination in the USVI has been widely distributed, which won’t happen until about the summer time with best projections.
“We’re not going to be good until after carnival,” Mr. Bryan said, referring to when vaccination is expected to be successfully administered to most of the population.
On September 28, Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley announced the cancelation of the popular event, which attracts thousands of visitors yearly in March. A week earlier, Brazil announced the cancelation of its famed carnival which was scheduled for February 2021. It was the first time the Rio de Janeiro event had been forfeited in its entire history.