This year’s Independence celebrations will definitely go down in the history books.
Saint Lucia marked 40 years of Independence on February 22, but celebrations started long before. Embracing the theme for our anniversary, “All in: Our Journey, Our Future,” Saint Lucians everywhere showed off their love for their island by going the extra mile for Independence.
The colours of the flag were everywhere: blue, yellow, black and white were plastered on vehicles, motorcycles, business places and schools; Castries was transformed into an Independence city and communities too, were decked out with flags and colours of the flag.
A number of activities were held island wide to commemorate Saint Lucia’s strides, amongst them the Mr. and Miss Independence Pageant, A Saint Lucian Story, Strides of Unity, Best of Saint Lucia, DASH Independence Colour Run, a Bikers Independence Round the Island and perhaps the most memorable of them all: an Independence Day Parade.
Many tuned in to their local stations to watch the parade at home and at work and hundreds, who wanted to see the action up close, came to the city dressed in the national colours.
Music, carnival costumes, floats, stilt walkers, masqueraders, skateboarders, Mr. and Miss Independence contestants and dance groups brought life to the city—it was a wonderful and exciting blend and an Independence to remember.
This year, we truly went ‘all in’ and it looks like even better things are in store for sweet Helen. The Independence excitement has died down, but the memories are etched in our minds and will be there for a very long time.