Saint Lucia Carnival, a hidden Gem

Saint Lucia Carnival remains a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. In recent years the carnival has developed significantly, both through local talent and by incorporating elements from some of the island’s Caribbean neighbours.

Until 1998, Lucian Carnival was a pre-Lenten affair, culminating on the two days before Ash Wednesday. Then, in 1999, the organisers moved it to July to attract more tourists by moving it out from under the shadow of Trinidad and Tobago’s bigger festival. The date change has allowed Saint Lucia Carnival to carve out a niche of its own.

Today, the event clearly has the potential to establish itself alongside T&T Carnival and Barbados’ Crop Over as one of the Caribbean’s unmissable annual events. The mas bands have developed…

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