Car­ni­val Sea­son Now Open!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

It is of­fi­cial. The 2015 Car­ni­val sea­son is now open and the revellers and fete lovers now have an open li­cense to party and en­joy the sea­son at will. The of­fi­cial launch of car­ni­val 2015 was held last Sun­day at Sa­maans park and fea­tured a car­ni­val pa­rade of the var­i­ous cos­tumed bands as well as “live” per­for­mances. The event, or­ga­nized the the Car­ni­val Plan­ning and Man­age­ment Agency (CPMA) was spon­sored by DIG­I­CEL, Pi­ton and Saint Lu­cia Dis­tillers who are among the main play­ers in this year’s cul­tural show­piece.

Af­ter a num­ber of flops over the last three years, Sun­day’s open­ing drew a large crowd, un­doubt­edly the big­gest the event has seen in about four years. Among the high­lights of the evening were per­for­mances by Ricky T and Su­per­man HD, Ca­lyp­so­nian and for­mer Monarch Menel, Sedale as well as the Party Monarch Ezra D Fun Ma­chine. Other per­form­ers in­cluded CJ, Q-Pid, TJ and Arthur.

The launch also fea­tured ap­pear­ances by contestants in the Gros Islet Car­ni­val Queen Pageant, the Val­ley Car­ni­val Queen Pageant and the Na­tional Car­ni­val Queen Pageant.

Sun­day’s launch now paves the way for a busy car­ni­val sea­son in­clud­ing the ca­lypso pro­gramme which starts tonight (Satur­day May 30) at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre. Or­ga­nized by the en­tity START, the ca­lypso pro­gramme will in­clude events on June 3, 19 and 26 (Soca) and June 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 20 (Ca­lypso) with var­i­ous themed nights. A num­ber of Soca artistes have al­ready un­leashed their of­fer­ings to the public in a bid to reign supreme in pop­u­lar­ity at the many fetes and for a shot at the Power and Groovy Soca Monarch fi­nals.

(pho­tos by Bill Mort­ley).

Th­ese mod­els fired up the stage Sun­day.

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