‘LUCIAN CARNIVAL’ REACHES FEVER PITCH THIS WEEK
Thousands come to play or witness ‘The Mas’!
Saint Lucia (July 13, 2016) – Saint Lucia’s premiere cultural spectacle dubbed ‘Lucian Carnival’ reaches its peak over the next few days with thousands of colorfully clad revelers expected to flood the streets of the Capital city, Castries for the two-day Parade of Bands on July 18 & 19, 2016.
With Saint Lucia hotels offering travelers a variety of ways to celebrate Lucian Carnival with promotional deals up to 50 percent off standard rates, thousands are on island to take in the spectacle. Being the island’s third largest source market, The Saint Lucia Tourist Board, the island’s lead promotions and marketing agency has also made a special pitch to woo Caribbean carnival lovers from notably Barbados, Antigua, Grenada Trinidad and Tobago and the French Caribbean, as a means of drumming up interest in the sights, sounds and splendor of Lucan Carnival.
Filled with parties, competitions and exhibitions, Saint Lucian Carnival is a rich display of artistry and cultural expression. “A visit during Carnival season is an experience unlike any other, where travelers have the opportunity to become immersed in the Saint Lucian culture one song at a time,” says Tracey Warner-Arnold, Deputy Director of Tourism.
Saint Lucia Carnival commences in June and reaches its climax in mid-July. Some of the major events for the season are the early morning J’ouvert Jump-up, Junior Carnival, Carnival Queen Show Pageant, Calypso Finals, Panorama, the Groovy and Soca Monarch competitions and scores of highly popular parties put on by the various carnival bands. Carnival celebrations climaxes with the traditional Parade of the Bands.
The festivities offer locals, annual revelers and visitors the opportunity to fête through the streets of Castries in true Caribbean fashion. Some 11 carnival bands are participating in ‘Lucan Carnival’ 2016 with an average of 6,000 registered costumed revelers expected to hit the streets for the two-day jump up. Meantime thousands of onlookers are expected to line city streets to witness the spectacle unfold.
For more information on Saint Lucia Carnival visit www.luciancarnival.com
For more information about the island of Saint Lucia call 1-800 456-3984, or 1-888 4STLUCIA or visit www.stlucia.org
About Saint Lucia
One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. The “Helen of the West Indies,” Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz festival. Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. Saint Lucia also is home to world class cruise and yachting facilities.