Queen’s Park was transformed into a fashion wonderland as locals dressed to the nines for the annual Christmas in the Park concert.
From 7 a.m. the Royal Barbados Police Force Band led the joyous proceedings with a two-hour concert as families trickled into the Constitution Road venue.
The gents were a force to be reckoned with all decked in smart suits for the day’s proceedings. Many opted for African print designs above the traditional suit and tie.
The ladies were showstoppers with their colourful and gorgeous dresses and gowns.
Toddlers and teenagers were out and about in the crowd with their relatives and friends taking pictures and enjoying the gospel music from artistes such as John Yarde, Skye King, Mechka Hill and Brian ‘Bumba’ King.
Ivor Payne returned to Queen’s Park this morning after a 41-year–old break . While enjoying the lively vocals of local gospel artiste Sheldon Hope, Payne who was prodded by friends to attend the age-old Bajan tradition today, reminisced of the many occasions he spent in Queen’s Park watching the RBPF Band as a child.
“I really enjoyed being here today and I am going to be back next year. I had a very good time, the ambiance is good, to see the different outfits, everybody is happy, everybody is well dressed, it is just so much fun,” said Payne.
A familiar face at Christmas in the Park every year is Lorna Bryan.
Scores of locals and tourists approached Bryan who was dressed as Ms Merry Christmas and armed with a basket of candies much to the delight of children. Bryan told Barbados TODAY she was there to spread Christmas cheer and boost the ambiance in the park with her costume.
“Many years ago I came to this park, after looking around I saw that it needed brightening so the next year I started to prepare something for the park to give it some life,” she explained.
“I’m here to spread some Christmas cheer,” Bryan added.
Seventeen year-old Tia Browne also stood out in her beautiful red gown. The teenager revealed that she had been attending the Park since she was a baby and had grown fond of the event.
“I like the music, I like the vibes that everybody brings and everyone is happy,” she told Barbados TODAY.