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Plans and preparations for this year’s La Rose Flower Festival are said to be progressing smoothly with hopes that the event will be the best yet.
The festival is geared at highlighting the heritage of Saint Lucians and their contributions in shaping the island’s cultural identity, a press release said.
Festivities are expected to include events which uphold the island’s traditions “irreverence, elegance and childlike joy.” According to the release, a main objective of this year’s event is to develop “a conscious society that believes and is committed to identity, national unity.”
Organizers hope this will be done through a strengthening of concepts of knowledge and belief in common roots, preservation of cultural memories and social cohesion.
“The festival remains family friendly, ticket free and open to all”, the release said. “From the launch of La Rose to the Grand Fete La Rose/ La Woz, this year holds some promising activities.”
A number of activities have already been hosted in communities around the island in the past few weeks.
These will continue with a live radio presentation from La Rose groups on Radio Saint Lucia at 10 a.m. on August 17, 2013 and zonal séances in various districts.
The northern zonal séance will take place at 8 p.m. at the USA Disco in Aux Leon on Saturday, August 17, 2013, with the southern scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Alison’s Place in Mon Repos.
On Friday, August 30, 2013 the Grande Fete La Rose will commence with a Church Service from 10 a.m. at the Church of Assumption in Vieux Fort, followed by a street parade and short group presentations.
St. Lucian residents are asked to wear a “Rose for La Woz/ La Rose” and to participate in the scheduled events to “explore the beauty, history, legacy and heritage of the La Rose Flower Festival.”
The feast day of the La Rose Flower Festival is celebrated every year on August 30.