Weymouth pasture, The City, was awash in a sea of red shirts Saturday night, as the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) officially launched its campaign for the May 24 general elections.
More than 20,000 people [according to party estimates] filed the through the entrances to be part of the well-coordinated event, jam packed with entertainment and fiery speeches.
Even though the event, dubbed Campaign Lift Off, was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., party supporters made their way to grounds from as early as 3 p.m., with hopes of getting the best vantage point to the two stages.
The event got underway about 20 minutes behind schedule but there was never a dull moment for the crowd, who were unceasingly waving red flags and posters in sync to selections of DJ Turkey and DJ Ras.
The event was opened by the League of Young Socialists members Jamila Burgess and Davidson Ishmael. T
he party’s general secretary and campaign manager Dr Jerome Walcott welcomed the massive crowd, stressing that it was the beginning of the “march to victory.”
A number of disgruntled Barbadians, including a representative of the cut off St Andrew community of White Hill, gave short testimony of how they have been failed by the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP).
The introduction of the BLP’s 30 candidates began at 7:30 p.m. and culminated with Opposition Leader Mia Leader taking the stage to give the main address.
Dancin’ Africa, Pastor John Yarde, Mark Lord, Biggie Irie, Emile Straker and Tamara Marshall, made up the bulk of the live entertainment on the night.