Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has highlighted the need for safety as Saint Lucians celebrate carnival.
In a post on his official Facebook page Chastanet wished all carnival bands, revelers and spectators a safe and enjoyable two days of partying that began on Carnival Monday.
“Always remember that your safety and that of those around you comes first,” he wrote.
As the bands paraded into the Saint Lucia capital, Castries, Marketing & Sponsorship Officer of the Events Company of Saint Lucia Leila Williams, told St Lucia Times that the intermittent rainfall was posing “a bit of a challenge”
Williams explained that the weather had delayed the arrival of the first band.
“It has set us back a couple of hours but I think today is going to be a fantastic day from what I have seen already with the bands lining up by Caribbean Cinemas by the roundabout,” Williams stated.
She disclosed that there’s a little bit of a change in terms of where the judging is located.
According to the Events Company of Saint Lucia official, in previous years the final judging point was between the Vendors’ Arcade and the Castries market
“This year it has changed to Jn Baptiste Street right outside the entrance to the Castries Car Park to prevent any hindrances to the bands coming down,” Williams told St Lucia Times.
“Normally what would happen is that sometimes you would have a band in front of the market at the judging point and another one already making its way back up and there would be a bottleneck. We are really trying to prevent that this year,” she observed.
Williams explained that the relocation of the judging point was to facilitate a free flow of band traffic.
Fifteen adult bands are included in the parade.
Last year ‘Tribe of Twelve’ made a full sweep of the competition, walking away with titles that included the Band of the Year, Section of the Year and King and Queen of the Bands.