Hundreds of spectators lined the Black Rock, St Michael stretch eager for a glimpse of the revelry and masquerade of Grand Kadooment.
As the soca blared from the passing bands, the young and the old joined the revellers as they chipped, whined and belted some of this year’s top soca singles at the top of their voices.
Bold colours, gorgeous feathered headpieces and costumes bewitched the eyes of the hundreds who stood on the sidelines
The usual Barbadian street characters came out to play mas. Bajan Mother Sally was joined by her Trinidadian counterpart Dame Lorraine, a figure that also boasts a voluptuous body.
The two groups jammed all the way to the final stretch with numerous spectators stopping for a photo-op along the way.
It truly was a family fun day as children and adults stood at the sidelines listening to the music and joining in the sights and sounds.
Many local soca artistes also came to play mas and perform with the likes of Nikita, Faith, Hypasounds,Stiffy,Jus D, Stabby and more decked in costume or on trucks performing their biggest soca singles.
There was tight security along the route.
Members of the Royal Barbados Police Force and the Barbados Defence Force were present at every intersection on the way.
President of the Barbados Association Of Masqueraders Chetwyn Stewart lauded the quality of this year’s designs, but expressed concern that accompanying costs may be hindering more Barbadians from participating.
“People are paying now for quality so therefore you have to take up the price but unfortunately when you take up the price locals can’t afford it,” said Stewart who was jumping with Baje International.
“We expected a low turn out because the locals can’t really afford it but the overseas persons are coming out in their numbers,” he added. One spectator who had taken a break from Kadooment this year also reiterated Stuart’s sentiments describing the street party as “scanty”.
Terry Gale who normally jumps with Aura told Barbados TODAY he opted to sit out the revelry this year and enjoy the ladies and party from the sidelines. He was disappointed with this year’s turnout.
“It is looking a little scanty not as many people as we usually have,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, former Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley warned that the Government should not forget the importance of the festival despite the fiscal changes facing the country.
“We have to recognize that Crop Over is a stimulus and therefore nothing should be done … to deflect from what Crop Over can do to improve the Barbados economy,” Lashley said.