Blazing hot sun, with a few sprinkles of showers in the late afternoon greeted children on Saturday for Junior Kadooment 2012.
It was a day that saw some very small bands, with equally small revellers hitting the road to play mas’ from the National Stadium, in some cases to Lawrence T. Gay, in others back to the starting point at the Netball Stadium.
It was quite a wait for parents and other spectators who gathered in their numbers outside the gates of the stadium and on the embankment high above the streets to watch the bands pass. Some bands turned left for the short jaunt to the school on Spooners Hill, while other bands, some anxious to get the children out of the blazing sun circled the stadium and headed back to the starting point a few minutes away.
One senior band member commented that although returning to the starting point was a shorter route, at least the children would get the opportunity to “jump”, and satisfy parents concerned about the heat. Others said though, that it was as a result of not enough music trucks to allow all 16 bands to complete the entire route.
Among big winners on the day was the Gwyneth Squires’ band, the colourful Fruits A Plenty, which won Most Colourful Band; Best Junior Band; Best Flag Person; Junior Queen; Junior King; best 7-10 Couples; best Individual 11-15, among others.
Meanwhile, St. Stephen’s Primary Band, led by bandleader Winsome Thomas, claimed School Band of the Year, the BMA Best Brands of Barbados Award; top prize for Folklore, second places in the 7-10 Couples, third in Junior Queens, third in Best Junior Band, third in World Heritage Site, among others. (LB)