Asserting that the growth in Saint Lucia Carnival is now clearly evident, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said it is evident that his administration’s increased investment in Carnival and the Saint Lucia Summer Festival as whole over the past three years is bearing fruit.
Chastanet declared on his official Facebook Page that “once again we are seeing that we are on the right track.”
“Our country is moving forward and Saint Lucia Carnival is well on its way to becoming the premier event of summer in Caribbean,” he stated.
According to the PM, the participation level in carnival has improved considerably.
He recalled that there was an an influx of visitors from around the world.
“The reach of the festival locally is also expanding and we want to see this continue so that it benefits all Saint Lucians. We can do this by continuing to encourage and develop the aspects that are unique to us, including our island’s music and culture,” the former Tourism Minister explained.
“Of course, we still have our challenges and we will continue to work on enhancing our cultural product, which has become a regional and international attraction. We will make the necessary adjustments to make this an event we can always be proud of, whether it is improving our music, the parade experience and other factors such as our traffic management and the upgrade of our road networks,” he disclosed.
The Prime Minister congratulated all the carnival winners and participants.
Chastanet, who briefly participated in the carnival Monday jump up with some female revellers, said he thoroughly enjoyed Panorama and the street parade, watching the traditional and newer bands.
“Congratulations and thank our musicians, Calypsonians, Soca artistes and bands on a great showing this year and commit to continuing to support the development of our music,” he said.
“A large part of having a successful Carnival is the safety of our citizens and our visitors. I commend our police for a job well done and a relatively incident free Carnival and encourage our officers to keep to that standard especially as it relates to the management of mass crowd events. Our police are so important in this regard and they must continue to work closely with event organizers and stakeholders to ensure we have safe and successful events,” Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page.
Organisers declared this year’s carnival a resounding success, while expressing concern about debauchery and nudity during the event.