The “1 Night, 1 Fete” event last evening April 30, 2021, according to Caribbean Journal was only opened to 200 people, all of whom were vaccinated in order to attend and protocols like physical distancing, mask-wearing, proper hand hygiene and others had to be followed.
The purpose of the concert according to organizers was to encouraging vaccinations locally and raise money for the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines ravaged by the La Soufrière volcano.
“We hope that people are encouraged to take the vaccine so that we can safely resume and enjoy in-person gatherings,” said Ian Turnbull, Director of the Division of Festivals.
“Carnivals throughout the region are still being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the Division of Festivals has been proactive and innovative in bringing carnival and special events to our people,” Turnbull said.
The event featured USVI local musical groups such as Cool Session Brass, Legacy Band and Spectrum Band, along with Trinidadian SOCA star Farmer Nappy as the headlining act.
The primary aim of the event was to help promote the USVI’s “Vaccinated to Party Safe” initiative, to help the territory reach Governor Albert Bryan Jr’s goal of vaccinating at least 50,000 Virgin Islanders by July 1.