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If you have never heard of the Crop Over celebration in Barbados, this is what you have been missing!
The Crop Over summer festival is Barbados’ most popular and colourful festival. Its origins can be traced back to the 1780’s, a time when Barbados was the world’s largest producer of sugar.
At the end of the sugar season, there was always a huge celebration to mark the culmination of another successful sugar cane harvest – the Crop Over celebration.
As the sugar industry in Barbados declined, so too did the Crop Over festival and in the 1940’s the festival was terminated completely. However, the festival was revived in 1974 and other elements of Barbadian culture were infused to create the extravaganza that exists today ….. an event that attracts thousands of people from across the globe.
Coconut Court Beach Hotel
This polished beachfront hotel with an annex is 6 km from cricket matches at Kensington Oval Barbados and 14 km from Grantley Adams International Airport.
The bright rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes and balconies. Upgraded rooms add iPod docks and sea views (some come with pull-out sofas), and 1-bedroom annex apartments have living rooms. Kids age 12 and under stay at no extra cost with an adult (limits apply).
Freebies include a breakfast buffet, an airport shuttle and parking. There’s a beachfront restaurant, a casual bar/eatery and a beach bar, plus an outdoor pool and a communal cold-water tub.
The Barbados Crop Over festivals is launched in July and it ends with the Grand Kadooment on the First Monday in August. Many “old time” elements like the local cultural characters mix with modern additions to give this festival a character unlike any other in the Caribbean. Celebrations are not only vibrantly colourful and full of music, but also reveal all aspects of Barbadian culture, a mixture of African survival heritage and Western modern culture through exhibitions of art, craft, music, and dance. Barbados’ Crop Over Festival Activities and Events are many and varied with plenty of things to do for everyone’s taste.
DURATION – The Barbados Crop Over Festival spreads over period of approximately (12) weeks from the month of May through to August.
Although not the official start of the festival, the popular Crop Over Cavalcades, a cultural talent showcase, were designed to create hype for the festival in communities in the parishes of Barbados.
The Thanksgiving Service followed by the “Crop Over Opening Gala & the Ceremonial Delivery of the last Canes” which is preceded by a Parade, is the official start of the Barbados Crop Over Festival Season and the end of the Sugarcane Crop harvesting Season.
CALYPSO COMPETITIONS – Calypso music and calypso competitions are a huge part of the Crop Over Festival. Calypsonians, comedians and local entertainment can be seen in action in a variety of adult and junior Calypso Tents scattered all over the island. The airwaves are filled with lots of quality calypso music from artists in every part of Barbados. Every performer is judged on their social commentary or party songs for the Pic-O-De-Crop and Party Monarch competitions in Barbados.
The first competition which features social commentary is the Pic-O-De-Crop Semi-Finals., The finalists will then meet on the last Friday night before the end of the festival at the Pic-O-De-Crop Finals where the Calypso Monarch is crowned.
ARTS – The Crop Over “Visual Arts Festival” & its exhibitions play an important part in the Photography and Arts & Craft community, by annually exhibiting the skills of talented bajans of all ages, both amateurs and professionals. The annual “Read In” features local and international artistes and takes on a multi-media format where artistes use music, dance and visual aids to embellish their spok
en word performances. Workshops usually surround these events to assist Literary Arts in Barbados
Here you are free to indulge your passions and enjoy whatever ’floats your boat’. Barbados caters to everyone, every day, from the intellectually inclined in search of history, heritage and a deeper understanding of Caribbean ethos, to the connoisseur of the sweet life seeking excitement through music, dance, song, culture and epicurean extravagance. Barbados welcomes you with something special to discover and enjoy for the duration of your stay. If after you got your groove and it’s still not enough, remember, the beach is open 24-7!
Here is the spectacular and cheap package I have put together for those wishing to enjoy Barbados this Crop Over. This price includes your 7 day stay at Coconut Court Beach Hotel right above the parade. Round trip flight and transportations to and from the Airport is also included. You will even get a free Bottle of Pirate Run in your room upon arrival. This package is set up so if you want to stay for the entirety of the Kadooment you still can!
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