Barbados Crop Over weekend-Aug 1-2 2016

Barbados Crop OverĀ Grand Kadooment weekend-Aug 1st & 2nd 2016

The Crop Over summer festival originated in the 1780’s. In that era Barbados was the world’s largest producer of sugar in the British West Indies. At the end of the sugar season, there was a celebration to mark the of another successful sugar cane harvest – the Crop Over celebration.Crop Over attracts tourist from around the world looking to experience this celebration of tradition, music, masquerade and dance.

Start your weekend off on Friday evening at the Pic-O-De-Crop finals. This is a calypso and soca finals to determine the winner of the best songs of the Crop Over season.

Continue your celebration early the next day with Foreday Morning Jam. Similar in certain aspects to J’ouvert Morning in the other islands with music and dance; but with Barbadian touch of Mud Mas. In Mud Mas’ revelers smear themselves with paint and mud and do their best to similarly smear their friends while dancing along to the season’s soca and calypso music. After a bit of rest, the Bridgetown Market Fair is a great way to keep the party going in the evenning.

On Sunday is the continuation of the Bridgetown Market Fair and Cohobblopot which is a massive entertainment show, featuring a mix of cultures and talents, through music and dance from local, regional and international entertainers.

The festival’s finale is the Grand Kadooment. This carnival parade features large bands with members dressed in elaborate costumes to depict various themes, reveling along the street.

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