Saint Lucia celebrated number 39 last weekend with much fanfare. Citizens decked out their vehicles with flags while a few bonafide patriots decorated their homes and business places with the colours of the national flag. Under the theme “I Am St. Lucia” a lengthy calendar of activities was unveiled to the general public which added more excitement as the day drew closer.
Among the many planned events St. Lucians most looked forward to were the National Colours Week (where citizens were encouraged to dress in the national colours), the Independence Youth Expose, the Military Parade, Youth Rally and the I Am Saint Lucia Extravaganza.
The Independence Youth Expose, a new and the most impressive addition to the calendar was spearheaded by the National Youth Council.The aim was to showcase the different talents of St. Lucia’s most promising young professionals in photography, culinary and visual artists, entrepreneurship and music. The endeavor was a massive success as they successfully transformed Constitution Park into a village of art, entertainment and education. Patrons were given the opportunity to see first-hand the work of tomorrow’s leaders.
A mini concert which featured the likes of four time Groovy Monarch Arthur, Omega, Dynamix Band and Delcer and Mongouge Combined Schools to name a few brought the Expose to a climatic close.
The celebrations continued on Independence Day at the Vigie playing field or The Sab as it is more popularly referred to. The morning opened with the highly anticipated Military Parade which drew carnival day- like spectators on the sidewalks of the city. Persons could be seen bustling to get photos and videos of the Royal St. Lucia Police Band and the other uniformed groups as they marched up to the playing field.
Later during the day, the Prime Minister, fresh from his Ball the night before, presented a number of outstanding young St. Lucians with awards for their contributions in their respective fields which included Arts (Ted Sandiford), sports (Kimani Melius, Julien Alfred and Quiana Joseph), Innovation (Johannes Dujon, DenellFlorius and Randy Lafontaine) and education (Kira Defraites, Gilliem Raymond, Rhea Barret and Francis Alexander).
The day ended with a massive concert which featured the best of St. Lucia on one stage. The likes of Mongstar, Ricky T, Keisha, Micheal Robinson, Chocolate, Stacey, Silver Shadow Dancers, Avad Dance Studio, Ave Maria School Choir and Arthur graced the stage as the nation closed the curtain on a happy 39th Independence Anniversary.