Castries, Saint Lucia: As Saint Lucia witnessed the end of the Carnival with parades of bands, Ernest Hilaire- Minister for Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture and Information and Deputy Prime Minister, expressed pleasure in the successful hosting of the festival.
It was the first time, Dr Hilaire was able to sit back and watch the carnival parade of bands. The bands such as Xuvo, Fuzion, or Legends create vibrant and authentic views of the magnificent beauty of the culture of Saint Lucia.
Dr Hilaire noted, “For the first time in many, many, many years, I was able to sit back and watch carnival bands parade. I had never seen Xuvo, Fuzion, or Legends on the road as I did yesterday.”
He expressed that it also allowed him to see the Carnival Parade from another perspective.
“Already my thoughts are on preparing for next year, God Willing. We must start reflecting on so many issues. The review will start early, and plans set into motion immediately,” underlined Dr Hilaire.
He stated that he was hoping that by early October, they could make some announcements. He would love to see Junior Panorama and Junior Kaiso in February next year.
Dr Hilaire stressed that the country needs training in songwriting, vocal lessons, costume design and building, and so many other facets of Carnival. There is a lot of exciting work ahead.
“Today is the last lap. More than ever, I appeal to everyone to be safe and responsible. It is your duty to do so,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
Further, Prime Minister Philip J Pierre also attended the parade of bands and added that, as is customary, he will be viewing and enjoying the Parade of the Bands from the sidelines. After a two-year hiatus and months of planning, today, thousands of carnival revellers will play their mas. Please have a safe and enjoyable masquerade.