The St Lucian Carnival runs from July 13-17, 2012, and stands out as one of the major festivals in St. Lucia. A highly traditional event, Carnival festivities include competitions and performances by masquerade (Mas) bands, calypso and soca singers, steel bands, and beauty contestants.
The highlight of the celebration takes place in July beginning on the weekend and ending on Tuesday (Monday and Tuesday are public holidays). Following the launching of Carnival in late May, Mas Camps are formed and members begin to design and build their costumes. Pan-yards are usually full of practicing steel band performers while calypso tents throughout the island hold a series of performances by local calypso and soca artists. During the height of the Carnival fever, competitions for beauty queens, soca, and calypso monarch get underway and Mas bands compete for the “Band of the Year” title.
If you are planning to visit Saint Lucia for Carnival, you should attempt to arrive one week before or, at least, by the Friday before the Monday and Tuesday parades (see calendar of events on www.luciancarnival.com).
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