All sys­tems ready, set, go for Saint Lu­cia Car­ni­val 2015

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

This could prob­a­bly be the first time in the his­tory of St. Lu­cia’s car­ni­val cel­e­bra­tions that prepa­ra­tions are so far ad­vanced and stake­hold­ers so com­fort­able with the prospects for Car­ni­val 2015.

The of­fi­cial launch of the 2015 car­ni­val fes­tiv­i­ties will take place on Sun­day May 24th un­der the theme “Odyssey, Jour­ney into Car­ni­val”. It is a highly an­tic­i­pated event as the Car­ni­val Plan­ning and Pro­mo­tion Agency opens the flood­gates into eight weeks of in­tense car­ni­val fetes, com­pe­ti­tions and a cel­e­bra­tion of mu­sic, colour and cre­ativ­ity.

A stel­lar line-up of who’s who in lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment cir­cles is con­firmed for the open­ing, among them the reign­ing Power, Groovy, Road March and Ca­lypso mon­archs. For­mer Ca­lypso Queen Menell is also slated to per­form. The eight Car­ni­val Queen Contestants will also be for­mally in­tro­duced to a na­tional au­di­ence.

Car­ni­val bands will seize the op­por­tu­nity to show­case their cos­tumes and three of the is­land’s most en­ter­tain­ing mu­si­cal groups are slated for a show­down on the band­stand. It is, in ef­fect, a test of show­man­ship, vo­cal abil­ity and brag­ging rights as Eval­u­cian led by Groovy King Arthur, the Derek Yarde Project fea­tur­ing ace drum­mer Thyge­son Penn Joseph and the TJ Project led by the ir­re­press­ible Ted­dyson John battle for crowd re­ac­tion. Dee­jays HP and Hy­per D will stitch the event to­gether as they sam­ple new and ex­cit­ing lo­cal soca hits.

The sweet sound of steel band mu­sic will fea­ture promi­nently as lo­cal bands tune up for yet an­other thrilling com­pe­ti­tion fea­tur­ing bands from around the is­land – both large and small.

Sun­day’s launch will also cel­e­brate the spon­sors who have made this year’s car­ni­val pos­si­ble with Dig­i­cel as the pre­sent­ing spon­sor with strong sup­port from Ra­dio Caribbean In­ter­na­tional Pi­ton Beer, The Wave, RSL 97, Bounty Rum, First Cit­i­zens and Crys­tal Clear.

Sun­day’s launch of St. Lu­cia Car­ni­val 2015 at Sa­maans Park will pave the way for the Line-Jam which takes place the fol­low­ing day, Whit Mon­day, a na­tional hol­i­day.

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