The activities marking “Gros Islet Day” with the town’s annual Carnival as one of the main events, is a celebration that is dear to the northernmost community in Saint Lucia. On August 5, 1985, Gros Islet was elevated from a village to a town. And now 34 years on, Gros Islet continues to celebrate its rich cultural history as well as its contribution to tourism, sports, fishing and so much more, with the annual Gros Islet Day celebrations.
This year, the activities run from August 1-18, 2019 as the town ushers in two recent achievements which will form part of the celebrations. First, during the national Junior Carnival, Gros Islet Junior Carnival band won the band of the year title. Then, two weeks ago the new state of the art Gros Islet Human Resource Development Center, was formally opened and will host some of the activities for Gros Islet Day.
The Gros Islet celebrations begin on August 1, 2019 (Emancipation Day Holiday), with a family day of fun sports at the Gros Islet playing field. Activities will include lime and spoon and other fun races, domino competition, board games, greasy pole, 3 on 3 basketball and much more. Food and drinks will be on sale. The day will end with the town’s awards ceremony the “Lilet Awards” at the Gros Islet Human Resource Development Center.
On August 2, the traditional Gros Islet Friday Night will see “live” entertainment as locals and visitors converge for the grand celebration leading into J’ouvert from 4 am Saturday August 3. This will be followed by Gros Islet carnival that same day. Five costumed bands are expected to parade through the town, as well as the winning national junior carnival band. Then on Sunday residents and well wishers will gather at the St. Joseph the Worker Church for a thanksgiving service. On August 5, a debate on the topic “should more emphasis be
placed on agriculture and less on tourism,” will be held. This debate will be between the Gros Islet North and Gros Islet South Youth and Sports Councils at the Gros Islet Human Resource Development Center and is open to the general public.
August 11, will see several teams participating in the grand “soccerama” at the Gros Islet Multi-purpose court. The curtains come down on the celebrations on August 18, 2019 with the crowning of a new Queen of Gros Islet. The Queen of Gros Islet pageant, which will feature five contestants from various communities within the town, will be held at the Gros Islet Human Resource Development Center. The Gros Islet Constituency Council in conjunction with the District Representative for Gros Islet Hon. Leonard Montoute and the Constituency office for Gros Islet invites one and all to join in the celebrations, in the spirit of love and togetherness as we continue to chart the progress of the town of Gros Islet.