Did you know in the 1940s when calypso shows began in St. Lucia the venue was the old St. Lucia Workers Building in Conway?
Did you know steelband and calypso shows were held jointly every night of the week preceding the steelband and calypso competitions?
Did you know the first Carnival Committee members included – Miss Euralis “Boots” Bouty, Miss Pearl St. Helene, Mrs. Harry Lister Simmons, Mrs. Alix Walcott, Mrs. Doreen Osbourne Sutherland, Mrs. Ione St. Helen Erlinger-Ford and members of the St. Lucia Girls Physical Culture Club?
Did you know the founding members of the St. Lucia Calypso Association included Mark Phillip (Lord Jackson), Nicholas Lionel (Mighty Desper), Lorna Lubrun, Jean Straughn, Marie Arthur, and Attorney Primrose Bledman?
Did you know in 1974, Ann Simon of La Croix Maingot was crowned Miss Anse La Raye? Ann participated in the National Carnival Pageant; she was crowned the National Queen and became the first contestant outside of Castries to win the crown. In addition, she proudly represented St. Lucia in the Miss Caribbean Pageant and went on to win the title.
Did you know the sisters Sophia and Digna St. Omer were crowned St. Lucia’s Carnival Queen in 1975 and 1980, respectively?
However, Sophia went on to represent St. Lucia in the 1975 Miss World Pageant and made it to the semi-finals.
Did you know there was no calypso competition in 1964, 1965 and 1996?
Source: Lucian Kaiso Tribute to Carro – Folk Research Center – 1990
Source: Carnival Exposé – Wiggins Melius – 1998
This feature runs every Thursday. It is compiled by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send ideas and tips to [email protected]