Preparations for Soca Royale are well under way.
Today when a Barbados TODAY team stopped by the Bushy Park racing circuit in St. Philip where the event will be held on Sunday from 11 a.m., there was a flurry of activity.
The stage is up and a crew was busy making sure everything was good ahead of this evening’s rehearsals.
The Club House was being spruced up, the grass was being trimmed around the base of the tents, some of which were being erected and the soundman was setting up and checking levels.
Crews from the Barbados Water Authority and LIME were also there.
A few drinks and food stalls have already been erected.
Outside the venue, a work crew was busy cleaning the street in the immediate vicinity while along the main thoroughfare a team from the Ministry of Transport and Works was patching the stretch of road from the junction of Congor Road to its junction with Parish Land, with bitumen.
Thousands of people are expected to attend the event which would see seven Sweet Soca artists trying to take the crown from defending monarch Red Plastic Bag.
Later in the evening, the nine Party Monarch finalists would be going head to head to dethrone king, Mikey.
The National Cultural Foundation’s Marketing Manager, Sherwin Cumberbatch, said that sales for the event were expected to pick up and he noted that all of the early bird tickets were sold out.
He also said in that interview yesterday that the event, which was being held at Bushy Park for the third consecutive year, could be one of the biggest. (DS)