Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Delisle Worrell enjoys Crop-Over.
He and his wife Monica Drayton-Worrell are often seen at a number of events on the NCF calender as well as taking in the action in the tents.
In a brief interview with Barbados TODAY shortly after watching his band mates from Ooutraje Festival Band parade in front of the judges this afternoon, he said that the 39-year-old festival was “an essential part of our economy”.
“One of the way that we have to develop and go forward is to enrich the visitor experience in Barbados and Crop-Over and the development of our cultural industries is an essential part of that. That is part of what points the way forward and it is a success story because Crop-Over is now very well established.
“I’ve been around long enough to know its beginnings and how iffy it was and how people said Bajans were never going to get into this in this kind of way and it has grown to a tremendous extent and it still has a way to go,” said Worrell.
He noted that the Central Bank deliberately got involved in the country’s premier festival which climaxes in August because there was a need to “develop the art”.
That institution sponsors the fine arts festival and pan in the plaza among other events, which the Governor was “an integral part of who we are now”.
As for his favourite part of the festival, he gave the Foreday Mornin’ Jam a slight edge over Grand Kadooment.
He was among the thousands of revellers on the streets in the wee hours of Saturday. He played mud mas’ with Jambalassie.
“I like them both but Foreday Mornin’ because it’s cool and so on it’s nice, but Grand Kadooment for the colours. People talk about the bikinis but each band does something to enhance the colour and I think that’s what makes the parade.”
How does he prepare for what some revellers and spectators see as a gruelling jump from Warrens to Spring Garden especially in blistering heat?
“In order to cope with a high pressure job as you probably know, you have to mix business with pleasure. I always try to keep fit… I cannot see myself not jumping,” he said with his trademark smile. (DS)