Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said on his official Facebook page that he really enjoyed this year’s Saint Lucia carnival celebrations which organisers have dubbed a resounding success.
On Carnival Monday Chastanet briefly jumped up with some female revellers at Vigie, Castries.
“I really enjoyed this years Carnival celebrations. On Monday, when numerous revellers asked me to “Call My Mother for Me”, I got a gut feeling that this would be this years Road March,” the PM stated.
“Congratulations to Edwin on becoming the 2019 Saint Lucia Carnival Road March King,” Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page.
The Events Company of St. Lucia Inc (ECSL) Chairperson, Agnes Francis, told a news conference Wednesday that the standard of the competitions was ‘exceptionally high’ this year.
“I want to place on record Events Saint Lucia’s gratitude and thanks to all the stakeholders – the Calypso Management Committee, the Calypsonians and Soca Artistes, the Carnival Bands Association and the individual carnival bands, the judges, police, sponsors, suppliers, volunteers, media and the untiring and dedicated staff of Events Saint Lucia,” Francis told reporters.
She asserted that Carnival is now at a crossroad.
” When there are equal or more foreign revelers in bands than locals. When persons have to either wait in traffic for hours or sleep in their cars after an event; when nudity is seen as the norm – we need to take a holistic view of the management of carnival,” the ECSL Chairperson observed.
She asserted that the event now needs policies, standards, licenses and permits in order to manage its success.
Francis disclosed that this is exactly what Events Saint Lucia will be embarking on in the coming weeks, starting with the evaluation of each event with the relevant stakeholders.
“At the end of the exercise, we will have a clear road map which will guide the management of the event going forward,” the ECSL Chairperson declared.