I always get very excited to experience the wonderful festivities that Saint Lucia has to offer in the month of July. This time of year, there are a lot more flights landing as many visitors come to the island for one of the biggest events of the year. Today, whilst walking near the Castries Market, this lovely lady named Nora, came up to me and asked for directions to the nearest mall. In conversation with her, I learnt more about why she decided to visit this lovely island. Nora spoke of the beautiful people and the lush green forests that painted the hillsides but then she paused and I noticed this fire and excitement in her eyes as she exclaimed, “I’m here because of the Lucian Carnival!”
The Saint Lucian Carnival or Lucian Cah-na-val as some would call it, is a festive time of year that brings together people from all around the island to showcase a colorful history with costumes and dance. Saint Lucia won its independence in 1979 and since then, discovering new aspects of his history can be seen in the various carnival efforts of its people. It is amazing to witness such a spectacular showcase and even more interesting to learn that every year around the month of July, people come to Saint Lucia just to see the parade. My friends and I make it our duty to attend every single event surrounding this festival. From the Annual Carnival Queen Show to the Parade of the Bands, we take pride in engaging in activities that are part of the island’s wide culture. This year, I am very anxious to put on my Carnival Costumes as I join the parade with over twenty thousand participants.
Carnival in Saint Lucia is the one event that you would not want to miss. If there was ever a time that you wished to see the island in full color then I strongly recommend you visiting around the month of July. With the Carnival Queen show happening very soon, I can’t wait to see more of Saint Lucia’s lovely culture and it’s people.