Today the National Cultural Foundation, in connection with HOTT 95.3 and LIME, launched the Mega Cavalcade at River Road in The City. The Mega Cavalcade comes off May 29 from 7 p.m. in Queen’s Park.
External coordinator of the Cavalcade, Randy Eastmond, said it would be even bigger this year, and Crop Over lovers could expect a great time as they jump-start the season. “The Cavalcade is going to be filled with variety this year. We have a ‘new artistes’ segment; we are giving them a chance to showcase their music. We are also having the seasoned artistes as well.
“We have a combined steel orchestra, which features the Darryl Jordan Secondary School and Harrison College, paying tribute to hits of old especially a tribute to the late [calypsonian] Director,” he said.
Eastmond also announced the inclusion of a new aspect in the Soca Karaoke Competition.
“This is open to the public; and we are asking [you] to go to the NCF webpage and submit a video showing why you are the best soca karaoke singer. The songs being featured are only Bajan songs.
“We are going to have six persons going forward to the finals on the night of the Mega Cavalcade, and we pick one winner,” Eastmond explained.
He took the time to offer many thanks to all the sponsors on board this year.
“Sponsorship has been good so far. We have LIME on board, and we are very grateful to them for their assistance so far. It has been fantastic. Without them these events won’t happen.”
Many came out to the launch earlier this evening, taking in some live music from the newer and seasoned artistes, including Stiffy De Maintenance Man, Kirk Brown, Hypasounds and Peter Ram.
The swaying crowds that gradually gathered, or stopped on their way home, enjoyed the warm-up to Crop Over, not least the entertaining unofficial dancers among them.
It seems the soca lovers are in for a grand Crop Over.