Dear Editor: Brazil is well known for football and its cultural tradition of samba which features heavily during the Rio Carnival.
We need to package La Rose and the other Flower Festival, La Maguerite, in similar fashion to what the Brazilians have done with samba. Hence when visitors hear about St. Lucia they will know that this is the home of La Rose, La Maguerite, Carnival and Jazz.
It would be good to commence cultural exchanges between St. Lucia and Brazil, with the assistance of the Brazilian Embassy, where Brazilian samba groups can do performances in Saint Lucia and St. Lucian folk groups can perform in Brazil as we explore our common African heritage. The Brazilians have a martial arts dance called capoeira which is similar to dances done by the people from the Piaye community in Laborie.
Going forward we need to apply the Jounen Kweyol formula to La Rose and La Maguerite to ensure the long term survival of our Flower Festivals.