Every year during the months of July and August, Barbados is turned into a party central with a hype of activity which includes, cultural events, fashion, music and local food. It’s the time of year when we celebrated the end of the sugar harvest, hence the name ‘Crop Over’ with cultural galas, singing competitions, parties and street jams. Known to the rest of the world as carnival, Barbadians and visitors alike look forward to the Crop Over season and mostly to the street jams as these two are the main events which attract the largest crowds. This year Foreday Morning Jam and Grand Kadooment was the was the 4th and 6th of August respectively.
The Tuk Band which plays native Barbadian music, is a common site during the festivities.
Foreday Morning Jam
It is a beautiful atmosphere during the Foreday Morning Jam, it’s starts at midnight and the partying goes through the streets of the country’s capital Bridgetown well into the morning; and one must be prepared to get dirty. The fun-filled event sees patrons dancing and take part in friendly throwing of paint or mud all the while soaking up local rum, beer and other alcoholic beverages of choice. Locals and tourist alike parade and dance in mainly T-shirts and bottoms or much decorative costumes through the streets to the sounds of calypso, raga soca and music native to Barbados.
Grand Kadooment is the highlight of the Crop Over, it closes the season on a high point as the masquerades parade in bright outlandish and breath-taking costume bands. The party atmosphere is just as lively as the Foreday Morning Jam but the route is much longer and the sun and heat are out in full. On this day, there is no throwing of paint or mud as the costumes are judged at various points along the route by a panel of judges but body art is big amongst the masquerades. Also on this day, there is no shortage of music being loudly played from the music trucks.
There was plenty of fun for one and all, so sorry if you missed out on this year’s action but there is always next year.
See you at Crop Over 2013!