First there were two routes, then it was changed to three. Now it has reverted to the original two.
The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) has announced that the proposed Weymouth to Spring Garden route would no longer be used for the Foreday Morning Jam.
Chief executive officer Cranton Browne said the decision was taken after consultation with stakeholders.
“The band leaders who had previously requested to use Weymouth as a starting point have now asked to return to their original location and we have acquiesced. This means that all bands will now be starting at two points, the BIDC Car Park and the BTI Car Park on Bay Street, so we would no longer be using the [route] from Weymouth to Spring Garden as required by the bands,” Browne said, disclosing that only about three bands had requested the new route.
Speaking at yesterday’s launch of Roberts and Barbados Light and Power Foreday Morning Jam, the CEO noted that in the region of 60 bands have registered to be on the road this year, up from last year’s 44.
Meantime, Browne continues to insist that despite the consistent growth of Foreday Morning Jam, the intention is not to cannibalise Grand Kadooment.
“The NCF has no intention to allowing Foreday Morning to become Grand Kadooment at night. Without stifling the creativity of the designers, we will ensure through specified rules and guidelines that this event would not compete with the pretty mas of Crop Over characterised by feathers, beads and sometimes intricately detailed costumes,” he said.
“The guidelines created are designed to safeguard against this . . .,” the NCF boss added.