Category: Barbados Created on Saturday, 30 April 2011 13:25
Crop Over is the largest and most popular festival in Barbados. This event officially begins in July and runs for five weeks with the climax being the "Grand Kadooment" parade which always falls on the first Monday in August. Crop Over, as the name clearly suggests, is a festival to signal the end of the once dominant sugar cane harvest.
This festival had unrivalled importance in the days of the dominant sugar cane industry but faced a drastic decline in the 1940s due to the social and economic hardships facing not only Barbados but the rest of the world. In 1976, the festival was revived and has grown from strength to strength. For many Barbadians living "over and away", the months of July and August are the most popular ones they choose to return home to coincide with all the Crop Over Festivities. The social calendar is packed from as early as May with the popular Community Calvacades.
Activities During The Crop Over Festival
- The festival begins with the Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes and the crowning of the King and Queen of the Festival - the most productive male and female cane cutters of the season.
- Bridgetown Market consists of several stalls which sell local food and beverages as well as local arts and crafts. Enjoy the calypso music and the live tuk bands as you browse through the stalls.
- Cohobblopot is a huge carnival-like show with members of the Kadooment bands displaying their elaborate and stunning costumes. There is also a huge entertainment package with the most popular calypsonians and bands performing to packed audiences.
- The children are not left out as they can participate in the Kiddies Kadooment, donning beautiful costumes and joining their friends in a band to parade before the judges of the competition.
- Folk concerts and art and photographic exhibitions are integral parts of the festival, highlighting Barbadian history and culture as well as the artistic talents of Bajans.
- Calypso is one of the main features of the Crop Over festival. The calypsonians are organised into "tents" and these tents are sponsored by Barbados businesses. Calypsonians compete for several prizes and titles, including the Party Monarch, the Road March Monarch and the Pic-O-De-Crop Monarch. The Party Monarch and more recently the Sweet Soca competition are among the festivals most popular events! The finals of the Pic-O-De-Crop competition is held at Kensington Oval, and this is followed by the Fore-Day Morning Jump-Up!
- The grande finale is the Grand Kadooment! This carnival parade features large bands with members dressed in elaborate costumes to depict various themes. Designers compete for the coveted Designer of the Year prize while the revelers seem more intent on having a good time! The revelers make their way to Spring Garden accompanied by the pulsating rythym of calypso music. When they reach Spring Garden, the party continues with more fantastic music, lots of food and drink and, for some, a quick swim at the nearby beach. A grand end to a grand festival.
Source: Totally Barbados
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