Revellers and everyone else who love to party during Crop Over, especially in the street on Grand Kadooment, can look forward to a bigger and better Day Two next year following the inaugural run of the event on the East Coast Road Tuesday.
That’s the promise from organizers of the street party which presents an opportunity for Revellers who feel they have not partied enough on Grand Kadooment to have a second day of fun. Seen from this perspective, the new event is an unofficial extension of Grand Kadooment.
However, Managing Director of DM Celebrations Lifestyle & Entertainment Inc, Ryan Moseley, made it clear that the intention was not to rival Grand Kadooment but complement it.
On Tuesday, an estimated 350 people participated in the first Day Two festival. However, there were very few spectators. Dancing to the songs of the season with drinks and rags in hand, the Revellers enjoyed the new event under the watchful eyes of members of the Royal Barbados Police Force.
Moseley said while the preparation going into the event was “difficult”, it was a labour of love. Without going into specific details about plans for next year, he would only tell Bajan Vibes there would be another Day Two Tuesday Crop Over experience “and it is only going to grow”.
“This is something we believe in. We believe that Barbados and Crop Over need to grow. It needs to evolve,” said Moseley, pointing out that his mother recalls the very first Kadooment Day celebrations, which only had roughly 100 people, compared with the thousands today.
“We have over 300 today and the spectators are building. And this is just the first one. Wait until next year,” added Moseley, stressing that the intention is to give Revellers the opportunity to extend their enjoyment while giving others who do not want to take part in Grand Kadooment an option.
“We are not trying to rival anything, we are trying to be a part of Crop Over. I want Crop Over to grow. This is a hundred per cent soca event. This is Crop Over. I want this to be part of Crop Over. I want Bajans to accept this as part of Crop over,” he stressed.
Moseley told Bajan Vibes that earlier this year he and three other members of his team came up with the concept and started planning after meeting with Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley and president of the Barbados Association of Masqueraders Chetwyn Stewart, among other stakeholders, in an effort to garner support.
He said while DM Celebrations was trying to include everybody and persons with whom they spoke were very supportive, he believed “people like to see things happen first” before they get fully involved.
“We believe in this. We want this for Barbados. We want this for everybody. We want it to become a national thing besides the Kadooment. It started the way that Kadooment Day started and to me that is a success,” said Moseley.
André Clarke, musical director of the music band 2 Mile Hill (formerly NexCyx), was among Revellers who took part in the Day Two jump. He told Bajan Vibes he was glad he and his crew took part.
“For a first time event, I find that it was very well planned. It got off to a slow start but that was expected for a first year, but the chipping down the road was good,” said Clarke. “The vibes was very good. I am ready to take part in it again tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Diana O’Neal, who was in Barbados on vacation from New York, said she was already thinking about taking part in the Day Two festival again next year.
“It has been amazing. I am having so much fun. It is good vibes all around. I will definitely be coming back. The people here are good and the drinks and the vibes,” she said.
O’Neal, who took part in Crop Over festivities for the first time, also participated in Grand Kadooment on Monday. She gave it a passing grade.
“It has been incredible and I am coming back for sure, one hundred per cent,” she said.