Carnival /Calypso Frenzy Step Up A Few Notches
IT’S the last day of June, so tomorrow St Lucians enter the month of Carnival.
So far, the spotlight has been mainly on some fringe shows and events but come tomorrow, things go to a whole new level with the jostling for positions in some of the biggest contests of the season. It’s the time when only the strong survives and the weak are sent into the sidelines to wait another year before staking their claims for glory one more time.
There will be lots of action tomorrow evening when the Party and Groovy Soca preliminaries take place at the CSA carpark. This year Ricky T will be defending his title against the likes of Ambi, Benje, Brandon, Bryo, CJ, D’Sean, Esteban, Exodus, Ezra, Islah Man Jay Budz, Mongstar, Qpid, Seebo, Sedale, Subance, TK Da Boss, Top Kat, Vieux Gel, and Yardie.
The judges will also attempt to trim down the list of contenders for Arthur’s Groovy Soca title, where the 20 semifinalists are: Ambi, Benje, Bounty Hype, Brandon, Ezra, Great White, Jay and Bronxx, J Budz, Kisha, Lil Nick, Mysterio, Omega, Qpid, Ricky T, Saralee, Savelon, Sedale, Seebo and Versi Style, Sergie and Yana Saphire.
Dennery village too will be hot tomorrow night with its own soca competition that launches its “Insomnia Weekend” carnival
The Soca Monarch competition will take place on the multi-purpose grounds where soca artistes from Dennery Village and the Mabouya Valley clash for the title of Dennery Soca Monarch. This will be followed by J’ouvert from 4:00 a.m. through the Dennery Circuit.
Patrons should look out for paint, powder and mud provided by the J’ouvert Band Bacchanal Junkie, a new addition to Dennery Carnival.
On Saturday , from 1:00 p.m. Dennery Carnival begins with the annual Parade of the Bands, where a total of six bands will portray their themes and costumes. The bands are: Phenotixx , Back-A-Yard , Brydens Onyx , Accent , Seria and Sapa Zafè’w . They will all vie for the prestigious title of Band of The Year.