Third week of October suggested for St Lucia Carnival; no decision yet
During the meeting between government officials and Carnival stakeholders concerning a new date for Carnival 2020, "the suggestion was made by Carnival stakeholders to postpone carnival from July to the third week in October," a senior government official told Loop News.
"This would give the health authorities time to properly assess whether the island needs to come out of coronavirus mode and would also give the world a chance to see what is happening in the global effort to contain the virus," the official said.
Loop News previously reported that October was being considered, but the week being looked at was revealed today (March 17).
After the Tuesday meeting, it was said that a final decision would be made in 48 hours.
Saint Lucia Carnival has a strong local and international component based on the number of visitors who came in for it last year. The final decision to take the suggestion has not been confirmed.
Regionally there have been many events postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic including:
Jamaica Carnival: postponed to Oct 25
St Maarten Carnival: postponed
Bahamas Carnival: postponed
Afro Nation (Puerto Rico): cancelled
St Patrick’s Day (Montserrat): cancelled
St Thomas Carnival (USVI): postponed
Grenada Athletic Invitational: cancelled
St Lucia Jazz Festival: cancelled
Tobago Jazz: cancelled
Point Fortin Borough Day, Trinidad: postponed
Jazz Artists on the Greens, Trinidad: postponed
BRT Weekend, Jamaica and Turks and Caicos: postponed
Barbados Reggae Festival: postponed
Vujaday Music Festival: postponed