St.Lucia Carnival 2009: XS Energy

XS Energy was formed on March 18th 1995. The founding members shared the perspective that, carnival in St. Lucia had stagnated somewhat, and there was a need to take it to a higher level, so both revellers and sponsors alike would be given ultimate satisfaction.

XS Energy has now produced twelve portrayals for carnival from 1997 to 2008. The band has placed 4th once, 2nd on three occasions, third five times, and captured the coveted Band of the Year title in 2001, 2002 and 2006. The band has also won the Best Design Award in 2002, 2003 and 2006 as well as the Most Colourful Award in 2006. The band has won the King of the Bands title on four occasions and Queen of the Bands in 2003 in collaboration with Mr. Giovanni St. Omer. They returned to winner’s row again with our second Queen of the Bands title in 2007 under the direction of Mr. Danny Martial. 

They are also committed to junior carnival, which represents the future of the art form, and they have produced twelve portrayals that have placed second on six occasions and also won Band of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007. They have won the junior queen title six times and the junior king title for the first time in 2007 and again in 2008. They have established themselves as one of the leading bands in the sub region and our reputation as a fun filled organisation is second to none. They have also gained the respect of their peers in the region and some of their designs were adapted for use in Trinidad carnival for 2001. The has also produced individual costumes for Martinique and Guadeloupe as well as sections for carnival in St. Kitts. Locally, they produce pieces outside of carnival for hotels and for special events.

Mrs. Valentine Quinlan is coordinates the junior band. Ms. Nadia Asgill, Ms. Sandra Eudovique, Mr. Chris Norville, Mr. Peter Murray and Mr. Mark Louis make up their events management team. The registration team comprises of Mr. Sebastien Beckles, Ms. Theresa Biscette, Ms. Kim Desir, Ms. Brenda Celestine, Mr. Kevin Celestine and Ms. Merlinda Joseph. Their public relations activity is coordinated by Mr. Embert Charles. Mr. Joseph Maxwell, Mrs. Valentine Quinlan, Ms. Theresa Victor and Ms. Desiray Mc Lean are authorised to negotiate with sponsors on behalf of the band. Mr. Shane Charlery has been the main designer for the band since 1999.

The current executive group comprises the following individuals:
John “JJ” Joseph – Bandleader
Lance Arnold
Embert Charles
Anthony Reece
Shane Charlery

The portrayal for 2009 is THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY. Prices remain at 2008 levels at EC$450 and EC$600 for their premium section X Factor.





The production will be portrayed in the following sections:
THEME - THE GOOD
SECTION 1 - FIRST BORN
SECTION 2 - THE DOGON – PEOPLE FROM THE STARS

THEME - THE BAD
SECTION 3 - BLOOD DIAMONDS
SECTION 4 - GOLD CURSE

THEME - THE UGLY
SECTION 5 - DARFUR
SECTION 6 - RWANDA


The Junior portrayal will be GEMS OF THE MOTHERLAND, and will be portrayed in five sections.


The road music will be supplied by the band PHAZE (with Brass) along with Derek Yarde on the 2 MASSIVE POWER TRUCKS. They were spectacular last year and they plan to take it to the next (phase) this year.

XS Energy plans to launch on  May 29, they will confirm details later.

Join XS ENERGY CARNIVAL BAND TO WALK THE ROUTE. 
The band launches will WALK the Carnival Route, Sundays @ 6AM
Start from Caribbean Cinemas Parking to Town and back, the ambitious can walk back to Caribbean Cinemas if they care to. The not-so-ambitious can stop off in town and go home from there.

Come Get Fit For Carnival 2009
Walk open to members of ALL bands

Ok, it would not be fair not to post my XS Energy pictures, at least the ones I could find.  This was my first adult and St.Lucian carnival experience.  I think this was 1999, correct me if I'm wrong.  And sorry girls, I had to! Umm ... and those were the days I hated taking pictures.  LOL!

UPDATE: Thanks Zara, "That was a real throw back! Actually that year was 2000. The portrayal was "Our Time Now."

2 comments

  1. omg ny YOU......HATED pix??? (in the same sentence??) but these pics remind me of....when carnival was actually CARNIVAL!!!!! ohh, the innocence has gone!

    Great review! (y)

    and i really liked xs in 05, the white 1 was my fav. 04 was good too, so was 06. but i eh no wth happened in 07, 08.....

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  2. Yes, I know ... I did hate taking pictures. I know Facebook could fool you. LOL!

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