Saint Lucia carnival was a resounding success, but nudity during the event and the debauchery of revellers are matters forconcern, organisers say.
“I saw about two or three kids watching when a guy’s face was in a lady’s bum – sorry but that’s what I saw and I had to turn them away,” Events Company of St. Lucia Inc (ECSL) Chairperson, Agnes Francis told reporters this week at a news conference.
“This is not what our carnival is about,” Francis lamented.
“I don’t mind the merriment; I don’t mind adult behavior; but when you have spectators who are not able to take their children to view the event, there is something that we have to do,” she explained.
“We can’t just put our hands up and say ‘This is the way of the world – this is the way it is going,'” the ECSL Chairperson observed.
Asserting that she is not a prude, Francis declared that adults have a responsibility to ensure that the carnival product is at a palatable level for children to at least spectate and view.
She made it clear that she has no moral authority to make decisions on how people dress and behave.
However Francis told reporters that she is concerned about the breaking of the indecency laws of Saint Lucia.
“The police having a responsibility to do their duty,” she noted.
At the same time Francis expressed the view that the law enforcement officers are doing their best, given the circumstances.
“Carnival this year was just so big it took a lot of people by surprise,” she explained.
According to the ECSL official, there were lots of lessons to be learned from this year’s Saint Lucia carnival.
She disclosed that the ECSL hopes to address them in the future.