Originally a celebration to mark the end of the sugar cane harvest, Crop Over is an eagerly awaited feature on the Barbados calendar with many ex-pat Bajans returning to the island in time for the finale on the first Monday of August – Grand Kadooment.
Kadooment Day is a public holiday in Barbados and on Monday 5th August we were lucky enough to be in town to join (or at least witness) the festivities. The parade starts at Warrens before moving into the National Stadium for judging and then heading out past Eagle Hall and on to the Spring Garden Highway.
This year the weather was hot-hot-hot and the music was loud-loud-loud (the sound systems strapped to the back of the ‘floats’ are outrageously large!) Everyone was in the party mood with the roads lined with spectators and food stands. There were colourful costumes and some sights to behold with everyone joining in.
Our favourite moment was when a very elderly lady (pictured) joined in the dancing. The photo doesn’t tell the full story but she really had some ‘moves’ and had everyone cheering her on.
If you are staying at Ocean View over the first Monday in August please talk to Ann about the carnival route and where the best vantage points are. It really is an event not to be missed.