The Independence planning committee’s latest update on the highly anticipated celebrations of Saint Lucia’s 40th Anniversary of Independence took place at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday 26th November 2018. Present were the Chair of the Independence Committee and President of the Senate, the Honourable Jeanine Giraudy-McIntyre, Mr. Buffalo Odlum, Independence Committee Coordinator, Mr. Jeshurun Andrews, President of the Youth Council, committee member Mrs. Sonia Sifflet and Damien McGowan, Secretary to the Independence Secretariat. The official launch will coincide with the Festival of Lights and Lantern Parade celebrations and will kick off a year-long calendar of events, from December 12th 2018 to December 19th, 2019.

Honourable Giraudy-McIntyre stated that, ‘We are delighted to announce the two major events which will be the highlights of the 40th anniversary in February, will include an open-air concert in the city of Castries highlighting several genres of music including folk, creole, calypso and soca, and a national parade”.

Mrs. Sonia Sifflet added, “During these major events, the public will be treated to an extraordinary showcase of the Best of Saint Lucia on February 21st and 22nd 2019, among other amazing events throughout the year.”  She further expressed that preparations are already underway and invited interested persons to contact the committee.

In his presentation, Mr. Buffalo Odlum, Coordinator of the Independence Committee, emphasized the spirit of togetherness and unity which the celebrations signified, and encouraged all citizens to fully participate in the many activities.

The Committee is also intent on ensuring all communities will participate in activities and has developed various events to suit individual tastes to make this a reality.  

As stated by President of the Youth Council, Mr. Andrews, “Amongst the many events, we are so excited to host the Strides of Unity (Baton Walk/Run) in which a symbolic baton will be transported by young sports persons, around the island from the Governor General’s, and back”

For Mr. Andrew, this event is aimed at unifying the various communities and includes the youth who are an integral part of the development of Saint Lucia.

The team is happy to see the enthusiasm as groups are already reaching out eager to be part of the 40th Independence celebrations. For more information on the full calendar of events and participation in the activities, contact us on


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