by Carol Williams
Authorities have scrapped their decision to change the day of Foreday Morning jump up.
Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley announced the decision to stick to the status quo a short while ago, within days of revealing changes to the Crop Over calendar.
“Since Thursday we’ve had some consultations and those consultations have convinced us that we should look again at having the Foreday Morning on the Saturday. As a result of those concerns that were raised what we would do this year is to go back to the status quo, which means that Foreday Morning returns to the Friday and the finals would also be held on the Friday as well,” he told the media in a hastily called press briefing.
“What will happen though is that there will be some changes to the start date of the finals. The finals would now start at 7 pm and we expect to start Foreday Morning at 12 midnight on the dot. We would continue to have discussions with the Royal Barbados Police Force.”
The minister is projecting a “phenomenal growth” in the number of Foreday morning bands this year of close to 70, up from last year’s 42.
Meantime, he is insisting that the changes to Crop Over would not adversely affect it.
“I am confident that Crop Over remains the kind of quality festival and the changes have not impacted on Crop Over. I believe we will have an even bigger Crop Over this year,” he said.
On Thursday, the minister announced that that financial problems have led to the cancellation of the Cavalcades, the Crop Over Heritage Bus Tour, Junior Soca Monarch, Junior Kadooment After Party, Pan Yard Lime and Evenings Of Interpretation.