The Royal Barbados Police Force says today’s Foreday Morning jump-up was “incident free”.
“Based on what I was told, we were incident free. Everything went okay, no major complaints, no disruptions so far. That was what was reported to me,” Police Public Relations Officer Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss told Barbados TODAY.
“I don’t know if there are any other matters that have not been reported as yet, but as far as what has been reported to me everything went okay . . . people had a bumper time and they were no issues or any formal issues reported,” he added.
Hundreds of revellers jumped from their various starting points namely Queen’s Park, Weymouth and the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation car park, just after 1:30 a.m. and made their way to Spring Garden Highway for the annual Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) sponsored j’ouvert experience.
There was a noticeably low turnout even as 37 bands participated in this year’s jump with Chocolate Army and Green Lizards having some of the biggest turnouts. However, popular band Colorz had noticeably fewer revellers than previous years.
One spectator who was disappointed with this year’s event was Marguerita Goodridge who told Barbados TODAY that the National Cultural Foundation had to find ways of re-invigorating the event.
“It has lost its appeal. It is nothing like the last two years,” Goodridge said, while a masquerader from the United States described the morning’s event as “so good”.
Meanwhile, Inniss has encouraged patrons to be on their best behaviour as the festivities heighten this weekend.
“Their behaviour have been wonderful so far, incident free and we want to encourage people to come out and enjoy themselves and patronize it. It is our Crop Over . . . be assured that the police are there to provide that added security.
“However, they themselves [the public] need to look out for their personal protection and don’t drink and drive. If you are not drinking, remember you are partying and in some cases you can become very exhausted . . . . We don’t want those people falling asleep at the wheel.
“Come out enjoy yourselves, enjoy the Bridgetown Market for both days and of course on Kadooment Day. We [the police] will be out in our numbers to provide that safe environment. Have a happy Crop Over,” the police spokesman said.