Saint Lucia to celebrate Carnival 2023 in July, deets inside
Saint Lucia to celebrate Carnival 2023 in July, deets inside

Castries, Saint Lucia: The country of the Caribbean Region, Saint Lucia, is gearing up for an exciting event in the nation – the Saint Lucia Carnival. This vibrant celebration is a fusion of the island’s rich cultural heritage, combining elements of Catholicism, Caribbean, and African traditions. The carnival is a showcase of Saint Lucian culture and is renowned as the largest and most significant cultural event in the country.

The event will take place from July 12 to July 19, 2023, and is expected to attract thousands of costumed participants, spectators, and a television audience. The carnival transforms the island into a massive party, filled with the sounds of drums, calypso, soca, reggae, banjos, feathers, glitter, beads, and sequins. People from all over the world gather to join in the procession or watch from the sidelines, soaking up the festive atmosphere.


Initially, Saint Lucia Carnival was celebrated before the start of Lent, but it was moved to summer to avoid competing with Trinidad & Tobago Carnival. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the real essence of Saint Lucian culture and heritage.

The Saint Lucia Carnival is not just about the main event, but also includes a range of exciting activities leading up to the big day. The Carnival kicks off with the National Carnival Queen Pageant on July 1, where the most talented and beautiful women in Saint Lucia compete for the coveted title. The Junior Carnival on July 2 is a fun-filled day where children dress up in vibrant costumes and join the procession.

Other highlights of the Carnival schedule include the Inter Commercial Calypso on July 6, the National Soca Monarch on July 7, and the National Calypso Finals on July 8. The National Panorama Competition on July 9 is a music extravaganza. The King and Queen of the Bands event on July 10 is a spectacular showcase of the most elaborate and impressive costumes.

The Carnival culminates in the National J’ouvert on July 17, where revelers take to the streets in the early hours of the morning, covered in mud, paint, and powder. Finally, the Parade of the Bands on July 18 is the main event, where thousands of costumed participants take to the streets, dancing and parading to the rhythm of the music. With such a diverse and exciting lineup of events, the Saint Lucia Carnival is not to be missed!