Barbados – Crop Over

The dusk has settled on yet another Crop-Over season in Barbados. Crop-Over dubbed the sweetest summer festival, first started back in 1780 as a celebration to mark the end of the sugar harvest. In 1974, a cultural  aspect was included creating the festival we now have.

Crop-Over today, bares little resemblance to what it was back then. Now, we have a festival that’s more about partying than it is about culture, but it is the sweetest summer festival and people come from far and near to be part of it. You have not lived unless you have danced your way through the streets of Barbados.

Some of the more popular events held by the Government Statutory Corporation responsibly for staging the festival, as well as private promoters includes:

Pan-on-the-sand, which is really a weekend of pan music which climates into a grand evening of pan music by the beach side. One of my favourite events. Soca-on-the-hill, has become a massive all day soca show which includes artiste from other islands at the historic Farley Hill National Park. If you want to see people, then that’s the place, crazy amounts of persons in one location, jamming to sweet soca music.

Pan-on-the-sand

Pan-on-the-sand

 

Soca-on-the-hill

Soca-on-the-hill

Pic-O-de-Crop Competition where a calypso King/Queen is chosen. Fore-Day Morning Jump, as its name suggest is a street party which goes from 12am to morning. It is similar to what other countries call J’ouvert, and persons dance in the street covered in mud, paint and chocolate.  Kiddies Kadooment, is where the children get a chance to be a part of the festival, by parading in their costumes through the National Stadium. The festival usually ends on the first Monday of August, with Grand Kadooment, where the adults parade their costumes, drink and “wukkup” their way to Spring Garden, in a grand finale. This year the parade was graced with the presence of Bajan super star Rihanna, who enjoyed herself immensely.

© Rihanna

© Rihanna

Kadooment Day

Kadooment Day

At this time of the year, you are spoilt for choice of parties, and in the final week of the festival, little sleeping and work goes on, as the country is in party mode. Whether we agree with where the festival is going, or the nuisance persons who try to bring the festival in repute with their behaviour, one thing is certain; it is the sweetest summer festival, and for those few weeks, nothing matters.

 

Martinique band at Kadooment

Martinique band at Kadooment

 

Looking for other things to do in Barbados?

http://www.bajannomad.com/caribbean/things-to-do-in-barbados/

 

 

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