St Lucia’s Carnival is the most extravagant event on the island. Each year in the capital, Castries, throngs of people jam the streets in colourful costumes to parade to the latest soca and calypso hits.

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The major highlight of the carnival season is the calypso competition. The island’s premier performers pit their lyrical and musical abilities in an attempt to win the coveted Calypso Monarch title. The season begins months in advance, with competitors performing nightly for audiences eager to hear the latest offerings.

The carnival also features a beauty queen competition, a steel band competition called Panorama and a King and Queen of the Band competition. Individuals representing particular bands compete in elaborate costumes before a panel of judges. Amidst the revelry there is also a jam that features top soca acts from throughout the Caribbean.

All of the action explodes into a kaleidoscope of colour and sound on Carnival Tuesday when the costumed bands take to the streets for a day of complete and unadulterated fun.

St Lucia Carnival Events:
Date and Time
Sun 30th May
Carnival Official Launch Mindoo Phillip Park
Sun 6th June
Junior Carnival launch National Cultural Centre Grounds
Sun 4th July
Calypso Semi Finals Mindoo Phillip Park
Fri 9th July
Carnival Queen show National Cultural Centre
Sat 10th July
Soca Monarch Finals Mindoo Phillip Park
Sun 11th July 1pm National Junior Carnival Mindoo Phillip Park
Mon 12th – Sat 17th July
9am – 4pm
Carnival Arts Exhibition City Hall Auditorium
Mon 12th – Sat 17th July 12
noon – 2pm
Mas on the Square Derek Walcott Square
Mon 12th – Wed 14th July
7pm – 11pm
Square Jam Derek Walcott Square
Thur 15 July
Inter Commercial House Calypso Competition National Cultural Centre
Fri 16th July
Panorama Euralis Bouty Sports Complex
Sat 17th July
Calypso Monarch Finals Mindoo Phillip Park
Sun 18th July
King & Queen of the Bands/ OECS & Barbados Soca Monarch Mindoo Phillip Park
Mon 19th July
4am – 8am
J’Ouvet Streets of Castries
Mon 19th July
11am – 8pm
The Pageant Streets of Castries
Tue 20th July
10 am – 7pm
Parade of the Bands Streets of Castries


Photos of St Lucia Carnival

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