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InnAtPelicanHeights
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March 6, 2014 11:40 pm  

Hope to see you all---------almost 20 vendors are signed up, parade starts at 11:00.

Proceeds go to STX Animal Shelter-----------------last month we donated $3500 to the Roseway to help fund school children from private and public schools to a day of sailing and learning.

Anyone who has special requirements(ie in wheelchair, etc....please PM , as I will have a section so you can enjoy....but need to know in advance.

Encourage all to enjoy......and here is article from VISource on parking and traffic for the day.V.I. Police Department Advises Public on St. Patrick’s Day Traffic/Parking Rules

By Source Staff — March 6, 2014
Virgin islands Police Department Special Events Operational Plan for St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 15
The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) advises the motoring public of the following parking restrictions and street closings scheduled for the parade to be held in the town of Christiansted.
Parking Restrictions:
• No parking on King Street or Company Street from Market Street to the Wharf area
• No parking on Church Street between King and Company Streets
• No parking on Market Street between King and Company Streets
• Any vehicle found parked in the restricted areas will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense
• Owners or drivers finding that his/her vehicle has been towed should contact the Ancilmo Marshall Command at773-2530 for further information
Vehicular Movement Restrictions
• Vehicular traffic traveling eastward into Christiansted Town will be re-routed at the Fredenstahl Road. Vehicular traffic traveling westward on Hospital Street will be re-routed on Queen Street to proceed west.


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speee1dy
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March 7, 2014 11:24 am  

i hope i remember i forgot about last weeks parade


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InnAtPelicanHeights
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March 10, 2014 9:54 pm  

Reminder to all.................come on out on Saturday


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Jamison
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March 12, 2014 1:04 am  

Oh, I'll be there alright.


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LiquidFluoride
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March 12, 2014 3:59 am  

Broke my tailbone last year.... Gotta see if I can one up it this year around.... 😉

next year hopefully I'll be in the parade with a few rescue horses, this year was just too chaotic to get registered.


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InnAtPelicanHeights
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March 14, 2014 6:43 am  

Don't forget!!!!!!!!!!!!! it will be on Saturday


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Alana33
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March 14, 2014 1:54 pm  

Y'all have fun and raise some $$ for the animals!:D


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InnAtPelicanHeights
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March 15, 2014 8:00 am  

Its here.......................cruise ship on islands. lots of people, great local vendors selling patters, corn beef and cabbage, lots of specials at local restaurants and shops, ...............FOR A GOOD CAUSE, 100% of ....................ALL profits donated to annual non profit selected to benefit from the event(last year $3500 donated to Roseway to insure St Croix public and private students can spend a day learning sailing with first hand experience on the Roseway)

Hard work by a 100% volunteer committee

Come out and enjoy................................buy Tshirts(coozies with attached can opener) and refreshments at committee tent located on Church Street

Lacking this year.............donations by business. last year we received $2500, this year ONE check for $500

WE NEED DONATIONS, cost to operate the parade almost $5,000, and with projected profits from committee tent, we are projected to barely break even............................ANY AMOUNT OF DONATION MADE CAN BE SENT TO ST PATRICKS DAY COMMITTEE, ANY $25 DONATION WILL RECEIVE STX ST PATRICKS DAY COMMITTEE TSHIRT OR COOZIE.

SEE YOU ALL............................


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March 15, 2014 2:17 pm  

(tu) have fun and I hope you raise lots of $$$$ 😎


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speee1dy
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March 15, 2014 7:21 pm  

Was great but why were the venders taking up prime viewing spots by setting up business along the parade route instead of the side streets


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DixieChick
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March 16, 2014 8:51 pm  

I agree speedy


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STXjill
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March 16, 2014 11:41 pm  

We had a great time. I was surprised to see a drone flying above the parade and filming, bet they captured some great shots from above!


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watruw8ing4
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March 17, 2014 2:03 am  

Re: the vendor locations. Hot oil on unsturdy tables with little kids and big drunks running around them on the crowded, unevenly staired sidewalks scared the pants off of me. Lawsuit waiting to happen.


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March 17, 2014 12:12 pm  

I have to wonder where the health inspectors are during events like this. I bought a burger and a hot dog at the vendor between Brew Pub and the Yachtless Club. Both were served pretty raw and I felt lucky not to have gotten food poisoning. Other than that, it was a great day.


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March 17, 2014 1:40 pm  

I have to wonder where the health inspectors are during events like this. I bought a burger and a hot dog at the vendor between Brew Pub and the Yachtless Club. Both were served pretty raw and I felt lucky not to have gotten food poisoning. Other than that, it was a great day.

Just an FYI, salmonella is quite rare and eating "raw" is not bad for you AT ALL, in fact it's often much more nutritious.

I spend a lot of time online and have found the joy of self education, nutrition is one of my focus points (as I struggle to bring it out of hte realm of purely intellectual pursuit to something I act on) and "raw" diets are fascinating to me, and from what I've found, very very healthy.

a great site to read more is www.marksdailyapple.com, and http://www.bulletproofexec.com. both are packed full of free information with plenty of testimonials showing how amazingly bad we modernly eat and how much better we can do through some simple changes.

I'm drinking bulletproof coffee with upgraded MCT oil and grass fed butter right now... this one thing alone will convince you if you try it; it's outstanding, delicious, no crash, no jitters, and coffee is a super food!

anyway, don't be afraid of food that is cooked less 😉


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March 17, 2014 6:02 pm  

I get that but this is ground beef that's sitting out in the sun basically un-refrigerated, then under-cooked.


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islandjoan
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March 17, 2014 6:17 pm  

Why even take the chance?

Besides the bacteria multiplying in the ground beef, you also have to contend with the dirty, money handling hands! Yuck.


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March 17, 2014 6:42 pm  

Besides the bacteria multiplying in the ground beef, you also have to contend with the dirty, money handling hands! Yuck.

Yes. It's not the beef itself, it's everything happening to it from cow to plate in those circumstances.

And ground beef doesn't only possibly carry salmonella, it also can carry e.coli, which is much, much worse. It also can be full of antibiotics and hormones and rinsed with ammonia and so on, if you are concerned about those sorts of things. If you know your butcher and your meat source I see the risks as greatly reduced, as LF says, but not knowing that information, I am choosy about where and how I eat meat!


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March 17, 2014 7:07 pm  

Sidebar -

I also would be very interested in knowing where that MCT oil gets its palm oil, LF. Most palm oil is very unsustainably harvested and destroys critical habitat for orangutans and other wildlife in Indonesia.

I also don't understand people in the USVI that purchase imported coconut oil and coconut water products when it is cheap, fresh, and readily available to harvest water and make your own coconut oil and milk. It is one of the biggest things I miss about St. Croix!


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islandjoan
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March 17, 2014 10:42 pm  

And don't forget the listeria that you can get from raw hotdogs!


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Jamison
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March 18, 2014 1:53 pm  

I doubt I could have gotten anything like that, with amount of booze I dumped in me. What a day. Lost Dog won best float, participation and overall.


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LiquidFluoride
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March 18, 2014 3:00 pm  

Sidebar -

I also would be very interested in knowing where that MCT oil gets its palm oil, LF. Most palm oil is very unsustainably harvested and destroys critical habitat for orangutans and other wildlife in Indonesia.

Sidebar-response!

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http://www.upgradedself.com/products/bulletproof-upgraded-brain-octane-oil#/SOURCING2

the "bulletproof" brand seems to try very hard to be responsable, Dave Asprey (the owner/creater) is still human, and has some ego issues IMO, but for the vast majority of the time his information is very good and worth reading.


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InnAtPelicanHeights
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March 22, 2014 9:30 am  

Thanks to all for the feedback on the parade.

We are having our last meeting in the next few days, and will review the vendor setup and other comments in our control as a committee of 6 volunteers.

Important to tell all, all vendors are pre-approved with a valid license and health card if serving food. Any vendor that does not have those two items when applying as a vendor, are not approved by the committee.

Several no approved vendors arrived to set up and were asked to leave, otherwise the police would be notified. A few of those vendors went on private property which does not fall under the committee's permit.

Licensing was out verifying licenses and health cards. I am aware of 5 $100 fines issued to vendors who had individuals handling food without a health card, or with a health card expired ----one within 3 days, who was still issued a $100 fine. All individuals with health card are aware of standards for cooking and handling of food. Like some restaurants, patrons pick and choose, The majority of the St Patricks Day vendors were the regulars at Jump Up, boat parade , etc.....

The vendor feedback is important to the committee, ie income from vendors generates half of the funds to operate the parade. Most were in same spots they were in for years. Handling the vendors, I tried to keep all vendors from blocking the sidewalks.......to allow parade goers the opportunity to walk back and forth off the street. Generally, this worked.

Next year we are planning a family section and hope to do other new ideas for our parade attendees to make it better for them.

We encourage all to let us know of ideas, recommendation for 2015 grand marshall and why(ie one year I nominated a friend of mine for fan of the year for a football team, a fan who had season tickets for over 30 years, maybe missed 5 games over the 30 years, married his 3 wife at the stadium before and on the day of the game........HE RECEIVED THE AWARD). My point is, we must have someone out there who has attended and even now might not leave on St Croix, but travels and plans visits to St Croix just for the parade.


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speee1dy
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March 22, 2014 10:54 am  

thanks for listening about the vendor set up.


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SkysTheLimit
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March 22, 2014 2:44 pm  

We could not believe they let the vendors set up on the main parade route!
That's what the side streets are for! Dangerous, taking up great viewing spots, ridiculous!

My first thought was, super soaker squirt guns and HOT OIL don't mix....

Thanks for taking this into consideration!


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