It’s time to PARTY! Carnival is all some Lucians talk about, dream about, prepare for. It’s an eclectic fusion of dance, creativity, colour, costumes and enticing, rhythmic beats. Open to all: young, older, locals, tourists, it’s a phenomenal way to experience the Caribbean.

Before it became the pinnacle of all Lucian bacchanal, Carnival was a cultural event held early in the year to commemorate the end of the Lenten season. In 1999 it was moved to June/July with the aim of enticing more visitors to the island. Nowadays we have revellers joining us from all parts of the globe, many as on-lookers, but a strong contingent from Martinique takes part every year.

Related celebrations continue throughout the island for several weeks beforehand, and after, with competitions and community carnival processions. These include the Carnival Queen Pageant; Panorama (steel pan competition) and Calypso; Inter-commercial House, Groovy and Power Soca Monarch competitions, and a Kiddies’ Carnival. It all leads up to the highly anticipated main parade: Carnival Monday and Tuesday!

The popular two-day parade of the band features bedazzled carnival “jumpers” grooving along a two-mile route. The music is loud! The beat is strong! The dancing is non-stop! The costumes are over-the top (and for the gals, often ultra-revealing) and it’s infectious!

This year Carnival will take place on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th July. So intense are the celebrations that both days are national public holidays. Revellers will assemble near Massy Mega J in Choc Estate before friskily dancing their way to the Castries Harbour! Take a coolbox and set up camp on the side of the highway to watch the bands pass by. It’s a spectacle not to be missed!

For more information visit

www.stlucia.org/summerfestival