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Parade in Charlotte Amalie

Charlotte Amalie, June 6, 2009
One day was hardly enough to explore the town of Charlotte-Amalie and do it justice. Especially that a cruise ship has just docked as we walked the downtown, and so the towns merchants went into a "cruise mode" frenzy, prepared to sell as much stuff as they could. The profile of the stores differs fundamentally from what we know from Hawaii: Here the most of the stores seemed to display a battery of top brand logos on their danish-style massive doors, and aim to sell expensive watches, jewelry and gadgets. Their behavior was often obnoxious. They looked, or rather stared at visitors probing their intentions, and some even actively tried to lure shoppers inside. Of course, "your mileage may vary," I found all this completely misplaced. I looked rather for local artisans, and found close to none.

By a lucky coincidence we witnessed a parade of Caribbean Africans. We do not know what was the occasion. We saw numerous dancing schools parading, and a "VIP" and his son presented on a truck, weaving to the crowds.

c3478 Charlotte Amalie
c3478 Charlotte Amalie
c3479 Charlotte Amalie
c3479 Charlotte Amalie
c3482 Exploring Charlotte Amalie
c3482 Exploring Charlotte Amalie
c3483 Charlotte Amalie
c3483 Charlotte Amalie
c3484 Charlotte Amalie
c3484 Charlotte Amalie
c3485 Charlotte Amalie
c3485 Charlotte Amalie
c3487 Parade
c3487 Parade
c3489 Parade
c3489 Parade
c3490 Parade
c3490 Parade
c3491 Parade
c3491 Parade
c3492 Parade
c3492 Parade
c3494 Parade
c3494 Parade
c3497 Charlotte Amalie
c3497 Charlotte Amalie
c3498 Charlotte Amalie
c3498 Charlotte Amalie
c3499 Island Cable Twist
c3499 Island Cable Twist
c3500 Charlotte-Amalie Parade
c3500 Charlotte-Amalie Parade
c3503 VIP's of the Islands
c3503 VIP's of the Islands
c3504 VIP's
c3504 VIP's
c3507 Parade
c3507 Parade
c3509  Parade
c3509 Parade
c3510 Parade
c3510 Parade
c3511 Parade
c3511 Parade
c3515 Parade
c3515 Parade
c3516 Parade
c3516 Parade
c3524 Her dancing was most energetic
c3524 Her dancing was most energetic
c3525 Parade
c3525 Parade
c3529 Emancipation Park
c3529 Emancipation Park
c3537 Main St. returning to normal
c3537 Main St. returning to normal
c3539 Charlotte Amalie
c3539 Charlotte Amalie
c3544 Charlotte Amalie
c3544 Charlotte Amalie
c3546 Charlotte Amalie
c3546 Charlotte Amalie
c3556 Charlotte Amalie
c3556 Charlotte Amalie
c3559 Curls in the making...
c3559 Curls in the making...
c3560 Charlotte Amalie
c3560 Charlotte Amalie
c3562 Charlotte Amalie
c3562 Charlotte Amalie
c3569
c3569
c3578 Governors Mansion
c3578 Governors Mansion
c3580 Fort Christian
c3580 Fort Christian
c3585 Fort Christian, closed
c3585 Fort Christian, closed
c3586 For Cristian Summer 2006 reopening
c3586 For Cristian Summer 2006 reopening
c3590 Charlotte Amalie
c3590 Charlotte Amalie
c3592 Frederick Lutheran Church
c3592 Frederick Lutheran Church
c3593 Charlotte-Amalie
c3593 Charlotte-Amalie
c3595 Charlotte-Amalie
c3595 Charlotte-Amalie
c3596 Frederick Lutheran Church
c3596 Frederick Lutheran Church
c3600 Frederick Lutheran Church
c3600 Frederick Lutheran Church
c3607 Frederick Lutheran Church
c3607 Frederick Lutheran Church
c3608 Danish Past
c3608 Danish Past
c3610 Parade
c3610 Parade
c3615 Charlotte Amalie
c3615 Charlotte Amalie
c3617 Tracing dad
c3617 Tracing dad
c3618 Amazing costume
c3618 Amazing costume
c3619 Body Paint
c3619 Body Paint
c3620 One angry man...
c3620 One angry man...
c3621 Charlotte-Amalie
c3621 Charlotte-Amalie
c3622 Charlotte-Amalie
c3622 Charlotte-Amalie
c3625 End of adventure...
c3625 End of adventure...