Independence Day may have come and gone but Independence celebrations are far from over. Oganizers say the yearlong event includes a community clean up competition as well as a women’s calypso competition.

Minister  with responsibility for Culture and Creative Industries Fortuna Belrose commended St. Lucians for their high level of patriotism displayed for independence. The Minister says she has not  seen  that level of excitement  in years and reminded the public that  activities are far from over.  They  include a community clean up competition, a legacy project where members of the diaspora assist communities on development projects, a youth parliament debate and a women’s calypso competition. Activities which will span the entire year  cost approximately 3 million dollars. Half a million was spent on a fireworks  display  by a local service provider. Going forward Government will be working with the police on road safety after a series of motor cycle accidents during recent celebrations

A monument will be erected outside the Government buildings  featuring the theme for this year’s independence. 

Authorities are also moving to enact legislation to ensure that the national flag bears the right colours

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