Hundreds, including infants and the differently abled, gathered along the Black Rock main road to catch a glimpse of the climax to the Republic Bank Grand Kadooment festival as the bands made their way along the final stretch towards Spring Garden Highway.
It was about 11 a.m. that the first band, Walk Holy, made its way along Black Rock.
Along the way onlookers were treated not only to the sweet sounds of the season, but a number of paraphernalia and other items including condoms, as volunteers of the HIV/AIDS Commission and the Ministry of Social Care promoted safe sex.
A number of health officials were also patrolling the area to ensure that vendors had the necessary permits and were adhering to the set guidelines.
A potpouri of sweet, flavourful scents filled the atmosphere as vendors plied their trade along the route, much to the delight of hungry patrons.
However, the lengthy gap between the first three bands traversing the route caused some concern among onlookers, with a group of women all agreeing that “the delay makes it a little boring”.
The Blue Box Cart band did not reach the Black Rock area until about midday, and they were followed by Baje about 45 minutes later.
Most of the bands were escorted by Police officers, some of whom traveled in marked jeeps. Members of the Barbados Defence Force maintained a heavy presence, as did the ambulance service, with some being called into action throughout the day.
A number of well-known personalities and business people also took part in what is dubbed the sweetest summer festival.
Managing director and chief executive officer of Republic Bank (Barbados) Ltd Ian DeSouza was spotted along the route as well as Governor of the Central Bank Dr DeLisle Worrell; Barbados’ representative in Miami for Tourism, Petra Roach and head of Red Advertising, Jevan Jutagir.
A number of local artistes, including Biggie Irie and last year’s Road March king Peter Ram, were also on the road.
Apart from the costume bands, a range of characters also donned a variety of outrageous outfits to join the festivities.