Having partied for more than a mile, the verve and enthusiasm of revellers participating in this year’s Grand Kadooment, had not waned in the least when they approached Bank Hall.
Hundreds of Barbadians and visitors flocked to the sidelines to see the bands parading in their colorful splendor.
Spectators could be seen using any available vantage point to take in the party while some families made a day of it with packed lunches and drinks.
Other onlookers could be seen buying food from vendors, ackees, water and of course snow-cones to cool down.
This year, spectators did not have to wait long periods to see the bands. By 11:20 a.m. four bands had already made their way across this section of the jump.
As customary there was a heavy police presence at the Bank Hall intersection to ensure that traffic and pedestrians did not affect the flow of the bands. The day was generally incident free, with the only complaint being the lack of new music being played.
“Since I here all I am hearing is music from five years and the thing is that it got good music this year. So, I don’t see why they must go so far back,” said onlooker Antoinette Alleyne.
“Too much Trini music [music from Trinidad and Tobago] that’s my only problem this year. This year the energy levels were really good when the bands were coming down and costumes were really colorful. I think there were more people in the bands that last year,” said returning national Josette Cox.
Aside from the issues and the sweltering heat, it was clear that both the revellers and onlookers had a grand time.