Saint Lu­cia car­ni­val back on track!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By STAR Re­porter

Saint Lu­cia’s car­ni­val was put on hold at the an­nounce­ment on May 19 of gen­eral elec­tions here, held weeks later on June 6. Most of the large bands sched­uled to par­tic­i­pate in the pa­rade of bands on July 18 and 19 had al­ready been launched, churn­ing up ex­cite­ment among rev­ellers and the gen­eral pub­lic. How­ever, the pend­ing elec­tions, marked by con­certed cam­paign­ing and ral­lies across the is­land, caused many to post­pone events lead­ing up to car­ni­val.

Last Fri­day June 3 saw the stag­ing of the na­tional schools ca­lypso com­pe­ti­tion. And de­spite a great show­ing by stu­dents, the event got lit­tle me­dia at­ten­tion, eclipsed by the run-up to the gen­eral elec­tions.

Elec­tions out of the way, Saint Lu­cia’s car­ni­val di­rec­tor Teddy Fran­cis says his agency is all set to as­sist in the pro­duc­tion of a mas­sive car­ni­val sea­son.

This weekend two of the Ca­lypso tents will aim to woo au­di­ences to the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre. South Ca­lypso Tent was on show last night while Am­bas­sadors is on tonight, Satur­day June 11.

Next week will see a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Take Over Tent and Soca Vil­lage as well as an­other show­ing by De So­ca­lypso Re­view Tent.

A num­ber of car­ni­val fetes will un­fold in the com­ing weeks, among them the Red Un­lim­ited Bikini Af­fair. The event, which was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Sun­day June 5, will now be held on Sun­day June 19 at Pi­geon Is­land.

Just4Fun’s an­nual Cooler Fete is an­other ma­jor ac­tiv­ity this month. It will be held at the Gai­ety Car Park, Rod­ney Bay.

Come July a num­ber of car­ni­val com­pe­ti­tions will liven the scene in­clud­ing the Power and Groovy Soca Monarch pre­lim­i­nar­ies on July 1, the Na­tional Car­ni­val Queen Pageant on July 2, the Ca­lypso semi-fi­nals on July 3, Ju­nior Car­ni­val on July 10, Panorama on July 15, the Ca­lypso fi­nals on July 16 and the Power and Groovy Soca Monarch fi­nals on July 17.

This will be fol­lowed by J’ou­vert and then Car­ni­val on Mon­day July 18 and Tues­day July 19.

Top three in the se­condary schools cat­e­gory.

Top three in the pri­mary cat­e­gory of the na­tional schools ca­lypso com­pe­ti­tion.

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