By The Star Staff
Vieques Mayor José “Junito” Corcino Acevedo announced that this Saturday, Dec. 2, Christmas will be “lit up” in the offshore island municipality with a series of shows for the whole family.
“Christmas is the time of year awaited by the Vieques family. All over the length and breadth of our island we can see residences and shops illuminated, ready for the arrival of Christmas and the New Year’s holidays,” the mayor said in a written statement issued Sunday. “The municipal administration of Vieques joins in this great celebration with our traditional Christmas lighting next Saturday.”
Corcino said the activities associated with the traditional Christmas lighting of Vieques are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the Luis Muñoz Rivera Public Square.
“We will have everything for the people of Vieques, as well as those who visit us from other municipalities and states,” the mayor said. “There will be many musical shows, with variety for everyone. We will also have several inflatables for children to enjoy in a safe environment.”
The events begin with the traditional Vieques Christmas parade, which will depart from the Jardines de Vieques public housing complex and extend to the public plaza, where the official protocol activities will take place.
Corcino said a security program organized by the municipal police and the Puerto Rico Police Bureau, as well as other municipal and state agencies, is already in place to deal with the flow of tourists that is expected during the coming weekend.
“The Christmas lighting activities in Vieques is a unique event that attracts tourists from all over Puerto Rico, as well as from the states and even international visitors,” the mayor said. “Faced with this reality, we have developed an impact program with municipal and state police leading the way. Likewise, many of our shops will be open to serve these tourists. What we want is for everyone to enjoy themselves.”