Carnival players rewarded

GIS:-A Prize Giving Ceremony Marked the Official End to Saint Lucia Carnival 2017.

It was certainly a night of royalty when the Events Company of Saint Lucia and the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) presented “A Night with the Stars” — the 2017 carnival prize giving ceremony.

Prizes were handed out for the various competitions that formed part of this year’s carnival product including junior calypso, junior carnival, inter-commercial house calypso, the Carnival Queen pageant, panorama, calypso monarch, groovy and power soca monarch, King and Queen of the Bands, road march and the Band of the Year.

CEO of the Events Company of Saint Lucia, Thomas Leonce, said he was thrilled that the awards ceremony was able to take place after being off the cards for a number of years.

“It’s been a while since we have had a prize giving ceremony for the participants in all aspects of carnival, so I think it was fitting to cap off what has essentially been a good year for carnival with the recognition of all the players who make the carnival product what it is,” he said.

Carnival 2017 fell under the umbrella of the Soleil Saint Lucia summer of festivals, and was hailed a success with more resources and an increase in prize money allocated to this year’s event.

“I think from early on there was talk of an increase in the investment in the carnival product, so I suppose that created a bit of excitement throughout—at all levels in calypso, the soca fraternity, and the carnival bands themselves—and so persons were expecting that if they put in the effort in 2017, they’ll be justly rewarded and this is what happened. On average, the prize money increased by about 30 percent compared to 2016.”

With the prize giving ceremony bringing the curtains down on Saint Lucia Carnival 2017, Leonce said that plans are already underway for next year’s event. The carnival prize giving ceremony was held on Aug. 5 at the Finance Administration Centre, Pointe Seraphine, Castries.