Favorite thing: The island is located on the same latitude as Acapulco and Hawaii, below the Tropic of Cancer. All beaches on St. Croix are open to the public and provide endless opportunities for swimming. Snorkeling is easy, for abundant sea life and coral reefs are close to shore. There are two towns on the islands: Christiansted and Frederiksted.
I guess any excuse is a good excuse for a parade. My first inkling that something was going on was seeing a whole bunch of baton twirling little girls all dressed in royal blue with white boots in the front of the fort. Then a stake body truck with huge speakers in the back playing at full volume came up the road. The parade forumed up with four National Guard flag bearers directly behind the truck (being deafened), and then the whole platoon of baton twirlers all the way from about 5 years old on up. After them came the Little League aged baseball teams. When I asked, I was told that was to be a baseball tournament, and they were marching up to the ball fields. I guess it was the end of season parade
Fondest memory: This was the internet announcement for another parade at the beginning of the 2010 season:
The Elmo Plaskett West Little League is pleased to announce the opening of the 2010 season. The season begins with a parade beginning at the Whim bus shanty and proceeds to the Renholdt Jackson Sports Complex. All three divisions will participate. They include the t-ball division ages 5 and 6, developmental division ages 7 to 9 and the junior division, ages 10 to 12.
Parade participants need to be present at 11:30 a.m. The parade moves out at 12:15 p.m., with the opening ceremony starting shortly after, the teams arrive to the park.
Three games will be played on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. Sunday’s games start at 1 p.m. Three games will be played on the Saturdays and Sundays, with two evening games played on Friday night.Plaskett East Little League opening day
This was the announcement for the start of the 2009 season
ST. CROIX - The Elmo Plaskett East Little League will have opening day for the 2009 season on Saturday. The parade of teams, led by The St. Croix Majorettes and the Central High Junior ROTC, will leave American Legion Hall at 11 a.m. and proceed to D.C. Canegata Ballpark.
All teams are asked to assemble in their uniforms at American Legion Hall at 11:30 sharp. Opening ceremonies will begin at Noon with three games to follow beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Cruzians appreciate visitors greeting them with a smile and Good Morning, Good Afternoon or Good Evening BEFORE making requests or asking questions. It is not wise to try and rush someone, jump a queue, etc. as you will then be put at the end of the line. If going to DMV take a book, DVD, or something to occupy you, including a handfan if possible, as you may expect a long waiting period of anywhere from 1 hour - 5 hours. If you pester them at the window your number will go to the bottom of the pile. My favorite thing about Christiansted is the very friendly people who simply smile and say Be Happy! Very laid back.
The snorkel trips are great to Buck Island, but although the hotels have lovely beaches there is no good snorkelling unless you go to Buck Island.
Food...best tip...buy it at Gallows Bay supermarket. The prepared foods are yummy.
Lots of hills here so if you want to get around rent a car and drive on the left. Scary at first but you'll get used to it. Drivers have courtesy also and toot horn to say thank you.
Fondest memory: Snorkelling at Buck Island and watching the sailboats from Christiansted harbor.