Crop Over in Barbados more than a
Crop Over is Barbados biggest and most exciting summer
festival. This colourful five-week festival is held to
celebrate the successful end to the sugar cane harvest for
yet another year. The hallmarks of this cultural festival
are sweet calypso music, dazzling costumes, vibrant street
parties, exquisite local cuisine and of course great fun
This festival dates back to the 18th century when the
then colonial Barbados was a major producer of cane sugar.
But as sugar cane production in Barbados decline over the
years so too did the festival resulting in its termination
in the mid 1900’s.
However in 1974 the government and Barbados Tourism
Authority revived the festival as a cultural extravaganza
and as a major tourism-marketing ploy. Since then the Crop
Over festival has been transform significantly and today
people from all over the world visit the island to take
part in Grand Kadooment.
There is more to Crop Over than the massive street party
and the booze that flow generously during the Grand
Kadooment celebrations. You only have to take part in the
many activities planned during the five weeks to, realize
that this spectacular festival has been appropriately
describe as more than a carnival. It is a cultural
extravaganza, which features.
The Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes
The Ceremonial Delivery of The Last Canes is an
official ceremony held to pronounce the sugar
One of the main events of this ceremony is the
crowning of the king and queen of the sugar harvest.
Productivity is the focal point of this competition,
which was conceptualized to honour the most
productive male and female cane cutters during the
Calypso is the heartbeat of the festival...
entertainers know as calypsonians are organized into
Calypso Tents where they perform the latest songs of
the season ranging from social commentaries to more
up tempo party songs.
The Pic-O -De-Crop Calypso Competition
Pic-O-De-Crop competition is another one of
the much-anticipated events of the festival.
Creativity, lyrics and musical arrangement are
the focal point of this musical competition,
where calypsonians highlight the happenings of
the day in song. A number of outstanding
calypsonians have won this competition among
them are Sir Don,
The Mighty Gabby, Red Plastic Bag, John King,
Edwin, Kidsite, Adrian Clarke and the lone
female queen Rita. The winner of the
Pic-O-De-Crop competition is crowned calypso
king or queen this person has a reign of one
Grand Kadooment In Barbados
Grand Kadooment Day usually takes place on
the first Monday in August. On this day the
Crop Over festival reaches its grand finale.
Kadooment day as it is called is celebrated as
a national holiday. With one massive carnival
parade. As a matter of fact it is the island’s
biggest party of the year where groups of
revelers in dazzling costumes or body paint
jump long the streets to the most popular
Road March Tune is the most popular tune
played on Grand Kadooment. This calypso song
is chosen by judges strategically place along
the route travel by the bands of costume
revelers. At the end of the day the song that
got the best response from the various costume
bands and deejays will be crowned Road March
king or Tune of The Crop winner.
Bridgetown Market is another cultural
extravaganza held on the Spring Garden
highway. Held over two days this fun market
place feature a number of stalls catering to
arts, crafts and delicious local cuisine.
Usually held on the second last Saturday and
Sunday of the festival you can also get a
glimpse of the islands traditional folk
characters like the amazing Stilt Men,
Shaggy Bears, Mother Sally and of course the
Bajan Tuk Band.
Other Aspects of Crop Over in Barbados
Kiddies Kadooment ensures that
the young ones are not left out of the
celebration. The kids have their own
Junior calypso competition and their own
junior costume bands featuring adorable
costumes and themes.
Party Monarch and Soca Royale is
the up tempo aspect of the festival it
features two competition held at the Bushy
Park race circuit in St. Philip. Thousands
of party loving fans gather on the
hillside of this popular lime spot for a
day of sweet calypso music and delectable
Bajan food in the most ideal picnic
Fore-Day Morning Jump-Up is the
ideal answer to those revelers who are
unable to stand the heat and humility of
Grand Kadooment. One of the recent
inclusions to the festive celebrations of
Crop Over. This carnival style jump up
usually takes place in the early hours of
the morning after the crowning of the