Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Vieux Fort band leader agrees with Belrose on criminal carnival events

Adam Evans, band leader of Phoenix Carnival Band

Adam Evans, band leader of Phoenix Carnival Band

A band leader in Vieux-Fort says he shares some of the concerns that Minister of Culture Fortuna Belrose spoke to recently as it relates to 'criminal' carnival activities in St Lucia.

Last week Loop News reported that the minister lamented that people deliberately broke the law by taking part in such activities, despite the cancellation of official events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Belrose, who spoke to reporters ahead of a sitting of the senate last Thursday (July 23) said: "To just see people deliberately going out to break the law, I think is a little troublesome and I worry for us as a society that we cannot control and contain ourself because we believe things must happen a certain way and we must do what we believe is supposed to happen... I think it is very sad for us as a society."

Carnival celebrations in Vieux-Fort a few years ago

According to Adam Evans, the band leader of Phoenix Carnival Band in Vieux-Fort, since carnival celebrations were officially cancelled this year, carnival revellers should take the opportunity to reflect on the past and plan for carnival activities for 2021.

“With the coronavirus pandemic around, we should think of the well-being of our country and forget about carnival activities until next year,” Evans said.

He added: “For me, it’s a welcome break. It’s a time for me to reflect and think of ways to make my band bigger and better next year.”

Evans said he too has missed carnival this year but is putting the country before the fun of carnival.

According to the band leader, whose band has won “Band of the Year” for the past 10 to 12 years in Vieux -Fort, even the holding of activities such as dances and beach parties should be restricted.

He said even though the organizers of social activities try to force people to wear face masks by saying, 'No mask, no entry,' when people have alcohol in their system and start behaving badly, they will remove the masks and forget about social distancing.

He opined that the coronavirus will not go away in a hurry, so we need to be very careful when it comes to entertainment.

As it relates to carnival in Vieux-Fort, he said he is hoping the various carnival bands in the community use the cancellation of carnival this year, as an opportunity to hold meetings and discuss ways to make the event bigger and better in Vieux-Fort next year.

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