Barbados Crop Over Festival

Barbados famous summer festival, Crop Over, is now under way. The festival officially opened on Saturday, July 2, with the Crop Over Opening Gala and Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes at Queen’s Park. Other event highlights are the Cohobblopot (at Kensington Oval)— featuring the most popular calypsonians and bands displaying their stunning costumes—on July 31, and the Grand Kadooment and Emancipation Day, which are celebrated on August 1 this year, where elaborately costumed bands parade along the streets accompanied by revelers and the sounds of calypso.

Described as “four spectacular sun-drenched weeks filled with dancing, live music, and cultural events,” it is a cultural celebration that has hallmarked the end of the sugar cane growing season for over 300 years. In the 1780s, the island of Barbados was the largest producer of sugar in the world. At the end of the sugar cane harvest with the “crop over,” the island’s inhabitants held a huge festival to celebrate their hard work in bringing in the crop.

Other activities include heritage fairs, an arts and crafts show, fireworks displays, soka dance parties, live calypso music and tuk bands, and the fantastic Pic-O-De-Crop calypso music competition. For a full description, see previous post The Barbados Crop Over.

Photo by Holger Leue

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