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The Virgin Islands/Puerto Rico friendship celebrations came to a close on Sunday, with a day of music and dancing at the Agricultural Fairgrounds on St. Croix, as bands from both territories showed off the Latin rhythms of their respective islands.
The theme of this year’s celebration was, “in difficult times unity is the key to success,” but according to Ana Martinez, treasurer for the VI-PR Friendship Committee, Sunday’s concert had no overarching political meaning. It was just about sharing food and music, and giving old friends who live in ST CROIX RENTALS a chance to catch up with one another.

The event drew a large crowd, some with Puerto Rican roots came to celebrate their heritage while other Virgin Islanders just came for a good time.

From Puerto Rico, Bomba Urbana, a traditional music group, played in the afternoon along with Miriam A Perez-Cruz and Fernandito Ferrer, a latin jazz duo. Jose Alberto, also known as “El Canaorio,” closed out the concert.

Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Friendship Day has been celebrated in the Virgin Islands in lieu of Columbus Day since 1964.