The Carnival festivities will officially begin on Sunday, May 24 at Samaan’s Park under the theme “Odyssey, Journey into Carnival,” a highly-anticipated event that starts off eight weeks of intense carnival fetes, competitions and a celebration of music, color and creativity.
A stellar line-up of who’s who in local entertainment circles is confirmed for the opening, among them the reigning Power Soca, Groovy Soca, Road March and Calypso monarchs. Former Calypso Queen, Menell, is also slated to perform.
The eight National Carnival Queen Pageant contestants, who have been in training for weeks, will be officially introduced to a national audience, while Carnival bands will seize the opportunity to showcase their costumes, themes and fetes for 2015.
Three of the island’s most entertaining musical groups are also slated for a showdown on the bandstand. In a test of showmanship, vocal ability and bragging rights, Evalucian led by Groovy King Arthur; the Derek Yarde Project featuring ace drummer Thygeson Penn Joseph; and the TJ Project led by the irrepressible Teddyson John,will battle for crowd reaction.
DJs HP and Hyper D will stitch the event together as they sample new and exciting local soca hits.
Sunday’s launch will lead the annual Line Jam to be held on Whit Momday.
A host of other Carnival events including breakfast fetes, J’Ouvert, calypso tents, the National Carnival Queen Pageant, panorama and Junior Carnival will precede the annual Parade of the Bands on July 20 and 21.
The St. Lucia Association of Registered Tents (START), will launch the 2015 calypso competition on Saturday, May 30, while Junior Carnival will be launched on Sunday, May 31.
CPMA Chairman Lyndon Arnold acknowledged the Government of Saint Lucia for its investment in Saint Lucia Carnival.
“There will be critics who question the value of sponsorship of the government given all the other challenges the administration faces, but we do appreciate government’s support and will demonstrate [our appreciation] by putting on a festival that is of a high quality,” he said.
In addition to its contribution to the main Carnival event, government has “made a separate commitment towards community carnivals,” Minister for Tourism, Hon. Lorne Theophilus said.
Community carnivals will be held in Vieux-Fort, Dennery, Canaries and Gros Islet.