The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has urged citizens to remain resilient in the face of the challenges posed by COVID-19.
“Today, Carnival Monday, thousands of revelers would take to the streets in their costumes accompanied by the Dennery segment pulsating on their trucks with onlookers lining the streets,” the party observed in a post on its official Facebook page.
However the SLP noted that COVID-19 had other plans .
The opposition party observed that the entire carnival season has been affected by this pandemic.
“Our school calypso competitions, national calypso and soca monarch, musicians, technicians, make-up artists, graphic artists, photographers, promoters, vendors, costume builders and other specialized industries centered around the carnival season have been financially and socially impacted,” the SLP asserted.
“We understand the disappointment and shagwè that a lot of you have been feeling but we ask that you remain resilient, especially during this time,” the SLP Facebook post explained.
“The Saint Lucia Labour Party has been part of your journey. We have worked with you and have been instrumental in the growth and development of the industry by first moving the revelry from February to July, providing tax concessions to carnival bands and giving direct financial support to musicians to acquire better production equipment to produce more quality music which is now a global phenomena.”
The SLP said it is proud of the achievements of this country’s creative professionals.
The party also stressed its committed to working with all stakeholders to produce a world class event by the people of Saint Lucia.