Scores of children partied and paraded their way around the National Stadium today during Junior Kadooment as they proudly showed off their colourful costumes and creative makeup.
As the kiddies whizzed to and fro about the stadium, their parents were caught up in the excitement of the mas as well.
Joining the masquerade and revelry is a family tradition for Deonne Gittens. Her two daughters, 13-year-old Mekael Doughty and two-year-old Morgan Gittens were following in the footsteps of their mother and grandmother this morning jumping with Xante.
“As a child, I was jumping every single year . . . I had a ball so it’s their time now,” she explained.
“Kadooment is only once every year so [Junior Kadooment] is for them to enjoy themselves and have a good time.”
Gittens’ love for the Crop Over festival goes beyond just the jump up. She loves “the togetherness and good, clean fun”.
Her daughter Mekael says she hopes this will be her last year in the kids jump as she wants to join the adults in 2018. The 13-year-old expressed her love for Crop Over season telling Barbados TODAY “I love the colourful costumes and I just like having fun with my friends”.
Meanwhile, after spending years watching others party and enjoy themselves on the road, Alyssa Hall finally joined the festivities this year. While living in the United States with her Barbadian-born mother, the 14-year-old visited the island annually during the summer since the age of two. But after moving to Barbados last year she finally got her wish.
“I’m finally able to dress up and have fun and dance with everybody,” said the elated Alleyne Secondary student. “I always loved to see how happy everybody was together.”
Aaliyah Morgan was another masquerader who just couldn’t wait to get in the stadium. Standing by the Gywenth Squires Kites at the Garrison Tent, the 13-year-old was already energetically dancing and singing Mavis by Stiffy with a group of her friends.
The only thing holding Morgan back was her costume.
“I like my costume but I don’t like the back because when you go on the road and you’re ready to dance you can’t dance properly,” she said.
Vendor Andrea Gooding noted that things seemed a bit lacklustre this year.
“The attendance looks poor . . . It is not as well supported this year as far as I can see. Up to last year was really well attended,” she said.
Gooding also expressed the view that the event needs to be better organized.
“There is a still a little too much confusion with the settlement of the bands and the children. There are children who were here from since 7 a.m. and the parents don’t know where to assemble. There needs to be a little more organization with the settlement of the bands,” she said.