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PRESS RELEASE – Discussions among the Carnival Planning & Management Agency, the Saint Lucia Carnival Bands Association and the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force have yielded the finalisation of the 2014 Lucian Carnival Parade of the Bands route to be followed by revelers on Monday, July 21 and Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
The five-mile route following the John Compton Highway into Castries has been the topic of much debate since its adoption. Questions loomed as to an appropriate length for the parade, as well as suggestions of alternate routes.
“When discussing the route, we took into account not only the enjoyment but the safety of the revelers, “ noted CPMA Chairman Lyndon Arnold. “ The final route and the time parameters selected represent a unified decision to ensure maximum reveler satisfaction as well as their safety, and that of the general public as well.”
Ultimately, it has been decided that the Lucian Carnival Parade of the Bands will begin at 10 a.m. sharp on Monday, July 21 and at 12 noon on Tuesday, July 22 from the Choc Roundabout. Festivities will conclude promptly at 7 p.m. on both days.
Bands will proceed along the John Compton Highway into Castries where judging will be held before the Castries Market as has become customary. Revelers will then proceed along lower Peynier Street, right onto Micoud Street, right onto Manoel Street and finally right onto Jeremie Street.
Bands will then complete one additional lap of the city circuit (right onto lower Peynier Street, right onto Micoud Street, right onto Manoel Street, right onto Jeremie Street) then left onto Lower Darling Road, left onto Jn.Baptiste Street, right onto the John Compton Highway along the Castries Waterfront, out of the city to the Vigie Roundabout where the Parade of the Bands will end.
The route for J’Ouvert, also under the purview of the agency, has been announced as well. Beginning promptly at 4 a.m. revelers will jump into the city, following the John Compton Highway to the Castries Market. From there, bands will turn right onto Jeremie Street, left onto Bridge Street, right onto Micoud Street, right onto Manoel Street and then right back onto Jeremie Street.
Time permitting, the bands will be allowed to repeat the circuit of ( right onto Bridge Street, right onto Micoud Street, right onto Manoel Street, right onto Jeremie Street) and then left onto upper Peynier Street, left onto the John Compton Highway along the Castries Waterfront and finally to the Sab Playing Field where J’Ouvert will end at 8 a.m.