From left: Cecilia Bathelmy,
Ambassador Dr. Donatus St. Aimee, Minister Counsellor Sarah Flood-Beaubrun
and Brian Henry at Club Caribbean City in Brooklyn.
Thursday, 19 February 2009 – The culture of the Caribbean island of
Saint Lucia took center stage this past weekend as Saint Lucians gathered in
New York to jump-start landmark 30th Independence Anniversary celebrations
amidst the sounds of folk music, calypso rhythms and country music - a musical
genre that has been fondly adopted by Saint Lucians.
Held at the Saint Lucian-run Club Caribbean City on Empire Boulevard in
Brooklyn, members of several Saint Lucian organisations joined United Nations
Ambassador Dr. Donatus St. Aimee, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United
Nations Minister Counsellor Sarah Flood-Beaubrun and other government
representatives to recognise the strides the small island nation had made in its
three decades of self-rule.
The theme of this year's activities is "A
Journey to be proud of, A future to look forward to" and activities this
week included a flag raising ceremony presided over by the office of Brooklyn's
Borough Hall President Marty Markowitz.
The remaining schedule of 2009 Independence activities slated for February and
March in New York.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Manufacturing display of products and congratulatory book
signing at Saint Lucia Consulate and UN Mission continues throughout week. (800
Second Avenue , 9th Floor, New York , NY 10017 ).
Thursday, February 19, 2009
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Poetry Night: Helen and the Arts - A celebration of the
literary and visual arts at Saint Lucia Consulate and UN Mission.
Friday, February 20, 2009
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Ambassador's Reception - Permanent Mission of Saint Lucia to
the United Nations, 800 Second Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10017.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
10 p.m. - 4 a.m. - Cultural Fête - Various locations.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
4:30 p.m. - Anniversary Mass Service - St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church (1123
Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn , NY 11213 ).
Saturday, March 14, 2009
9 p.m. - 2 a.m. - Independence Gala - Grand Prospect Hall ( 263 Prospect Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11215