The numbers might have been subpar but the soca was sweet for days at the Hott 95.3 Mega Cavalcade at Checker Hall, St Lucy.
Those who gathered on the playing field enjoyed every last drop of soca from seasoned artists as well as some newcomers.
The Mega Cavalcade, which kicked off the three-month long festival, introduced fresh faces, including Aidan, to the public. Also known as Nadia Holmes, Aidan brought incredible zeal and boundless energy to her performance.
Reggae artist Makka Tree was also an unfamiliar face to the crowd but nevertheless, he delivered, rousing loud cheers from his supporters.
Things started to get heated when the bashment soca artists hit the stage. As soon as the song by Jah Reddis and Hardware was teased, there was a rush to the front of the stage. Young and old were ready to Up de Ting!
The duo maintained a high energy performance which was followed by Scrilla and Faith Callendar who performed Gimme – Callendar’s first attempt at the genre.
Marzille and Stabby gave the patrons an impromptu performance of some love music singing hits like Thinking of You and Let’s get it on, to the delight of the crowd. Unfortunately, that was cut short due to time constraints and they quickly moved onto Oops and Peep Back to which the crowd went wild.
Another crowd favourite, 2016 Bashment King, Stiffy reminded patrons why he holds the crown. The artist worked his magic on the crowd and had them singing his songs word for word.
The Groovy Soca Monarch, The General, Edwin Yearwood also had his troops chipping and pelting waistline to past and present songs.
Meanwhile, Damien Marvay romanced the crowd with his sweet vocals and boundless energy. He was one of the few performers to introduce one of their Crop Over 2017 songs singing newly released Antidote and previous hits Survive The Weeknd and I Know the Face.
Closing off the cavalcade with a bang, the Hypa Dawg, Lil Rick had the crowd begging for more with Iz A Bajan, Way Up and All Iz Rum.
Even as the crowd lined off to go home, small groups gathered on the field reluctant to leave, highlighting that the Mega Cavalcade was a good party and a good time.