Summer time is a great time to visit Saint Lucia. Traditionally in the month of July, Saint Lucia boasts its own “Mardi Gras” bringing the color and excitement of a Caribbean Carnival to the streets. It’s “party time”.
Saint Lucia Carnival has long been part of the island’s culture, celebrating the African and Catholic heritage of the country. Originally it was held to mark the end of the season of Lent. The carnival dates were changed in the late 1990s and given fixed dates to help the tourism industry take full advantage of this wonderful series of events.
Saint Lucia Carnival has become one of the most exciting annual celebrations in the Caribbean, providing world class entertainment, live music, vibrant parties, glittering parades and more. Although Cap Maison is located in the tranquil north of the island at Cap Estate, it is nonetheless easy to get to where the action is and if you fancy soaking up the Carnival atmosphere, just let us know and we’ll help make practical arrangements for you and your party to attend. This makes it the perfect place to stay within easy reach of the carnival events and concerts, many of which are free.
Attend the band competitions or one of the wild evenings, such as the “Color Me Red” Party, this year held at the International Cricket stadium which is very close to Cap Masion.
The Saint Lucian Carnival culminates in a huge Parade of Bands. It is a colorful and entertaining display of local artistry and revelry. The parade winds its way along a three-mile route into Castries along the John Compton Highway, and it seems that everyone on the island is either taking part or lining the route to cheer, wave and dance.
The focus of the parade is the many live bands playing Caribbean steel drums, brass instruments, electric keyboards and other instruments as they march or ride past on floats. In between there are groups of dancing feather-clad girls sashaying Rio-style to the rhythm of the calypso music.
▪ Tuesday July 14: Calypso at the Cultural Centre.
▪ Wednesday July 15: Color Me Red at Beausejour Cricket Ground.
▪ Thursday July 16: King and Queen of the Bands at the Cultural Centre.
▪ Friday July 17: Panorama at the Cricket Ground and Outrageous Sexy in Black at the Gaiety on Rodney Bay.
▪ Saturday July 18: Calypso Monarch Final at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.
▪ Sunday July 19: Power and Groovy Soca Monarch Final at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.
▪ Monday July 20: J’Ouvert on the Castries City Circuit and the Parade of the Bands from Choc Roundabout to Castries City Centre.
▪ Tuesday July 21: Final Parade of the Bands Choc Roundabout to Castries City Centre.
With so much to see and do, Saint Lucia Carnival is a great excuse for visiting this beautiful island in the summer and staying at Saint Lucia’s Top Boutique Luxury resort.