Goodbye, 2014, and all that you brought, and hello, 2015, and all you have to offer.
All across Barbados on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, Barbadians and visitors alike from all walks of life gathered at many a venue or spot to usher out the Old Year and ring in the New. Putting all the pressures of last year and everything else serious aside for the while, they robustly partied or simply chilled the night away.
Whether they had chosen the more posh event, or settled for the more casual lime on the beach, picnic-style, they were all singing one song: “Thank God for the New Year.”
On Bay Street at Hilton Barbados, over 800 visitors and locals converged for the first annual Spellbound. Decked out in their finest, cum 2015 memorabilia, patrons perused the beautifully decorated Hilton grounds, dining on a fabulous cuisine provided buffet-style.
Then they would take to the dance floor to boogie and wine the night away, enjoying the live music of the band NexCyx, as well as the deejay version. And at a minute to midnight, they all gathered by the beachfront and any other vantage point they could find to collectively chime the countdown and watch the array and splendour of the fireworks –– as is customary. Residents of Bay Street –– from top to bottom –– took advantage of their location to be thrilled by the spectacle.
Hundreds of others opted to ring in the New Year lavishly at one of the more popular events held at the BTI high-rise car park –– Lavish: Citta Rossa. The all-inclusive event, on the car park’s top floor, featured several food stations, as well as numerous bars serving premium drinks all night.
Clad in some of their best, patrons partied to some of the island’s top deejays, including Bubbles And Stan and Scott & Mali Fresh, who offered some of the past year’s most popular songs. The venue also provided a perfect vantage point from which to view fireworks that lit up the sky at exactly midnight to signal the start of the New Year.
Over on the South Coast many flocked to St Lawrence Gap to celebrate –– with much to choose from. At Paulo’s Churrasco do Brazil there was double celebration. Krosfyah and hundreds of their fans were marking 25 years. Albeit a much more low-key occasion than in previous years, patrons still had a ball as krosfyah took them back in time.
Leadpipe And Saddis were guest performers.
On the West Coast it was sugar and spice and everything else nice. Thousands packed Second Street in Holetown for a rare showcase of Spice And Company. Patrons had a blast, even calling for an encore when the band had finished its final set after 3 a.m.
Many popular faces enjoyed Spice, including Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, Soca Queen Alison Hinds and businessman Ralph “Bizzy” Williams.