The wait was finally over and judging from the many gyrations, explosive performances and thousands that packed the Queen’s Park for the mega cavalcade, it was clear patrons and artistes alike were suffering from ‘carnival tabanca’.
Last night was the unofficial kick off to Crop Over and the young, old, and in between, turned out too see old favourites, as well as to get a taste of what was in store for the 2015 season.
The Queen’s Park steadily filled up from just after 7 p.m. Those who came out early were treated to performances from Dancin Africa, a combined Steel Orchestra, and a soca karaoke contest that was a definite hit.
New artistes Jamar and Camera Man Vince were among those who got time in the spotlight and did their best to hype up the crowd.
But one of the night’s highlights was The Energy Band, featuring Kirk Brown, Ian Webster and its newest addition to the family, Imani. They brought life to the park, living up to their name, and leaving soca lovers begging for more.
By the time the final segment started, which featured the seasoned performers, the park was packed and the crowd was ready for more.
Gracing the stage were Gorg, Stiffy, Hypasounds, Blood, Verseewild, and Peter Ram among many others who all added their special flavour to the pot.
Two disruptive patrons attempted to spoil an otherwise good party but were quickly and forcefully dealt with by members of the Royal Barbados Police Force.
Their behaviour also came in for heavy criticism from the various artistes who graced the stage. They pleaded with patrons to leave out the violence and to ensure the island had a safe and incident-free Crop Over.
The night ended on a high note with the Hyper Dawg Lil Rick, who came and simply mashed up the stage. His new song Hit after Hit, which highlighted many of his hits over the years, was thrilling for the crowd.
Look out for the full review of the mega cavalcade in Wednesday’s edition of Bajan Vibes.