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Colourful bands on the road

by Kareem Smith The move by National Cultural Foundation (NCF) officials to abandon the National Stadium as the place for judging the dozens of bands on the road for this year’s Grand Kadooment put a bit of a damper on the annual parade for some revellers. Revellers nevertheless made the most of every opportunity to show off […]

Scorching heat at Station Hill

Randy Bennett As hundreds of Barbadians and tourists alike lined the roads of Station Hill, St Michael to take in the sights of Grand Kadooment today, the blistering heat took center stage. Vendors were kept busy satisfying the needs of customers who constantly craved bottled water and other beverages. Bottled water, however, seemed to be […]

Designer Kevin Small wins big at Grand Kadooment 2019

Designer Kevin Small has done it yet again. He has captured that Robert Weekes Award for Best Festival Designer in the Republic Bank Grand Kadooment. The bandleader for Fifth Element Mas – De Gold Coast also copped prizes in several other categories – Historical, Traditional, Most Colourful Small Band, Best Individual Male and Presentation of Year. […]

Rain did not stop the jam at Eagle Hall

It was an explosion of colour as the bands participating in this year’s Grand Kadooment came down the Eagle Hall route with thousands of revellers, some jumping, some chipping, others dancing to the many soca tunes of the 2019 season. At the location it started with sunny skies and sweltering heat as spectators lined both […]

Fifth Element Mas pay tribute to The Mighty Grynner

Fifth Element Mas led by 2018 Festival Designer of Year Kevin Small is paying special tribute to The Mighty Grynner who is playing mas with the band. Small is using the T-shirt section of his band called Groundation to honour the legend.   The name is in keeping with the song Groundation Road Mix where […]

No break for Squires

Nothing short of sickness will prevent veteran bandleader Gwyneth Squires from playing Mas next year. “The only way I will take a break is if I am sick. I am not taking a break because there was a rumour going around that Gwyneth ain’t bringing no band, and that happens almost every year, and I […]

Chase going all out for 2017

Trevor Chase’s Ooutraje continues to dominate the Small Band category on Grand Kadooment. For the third successive year the band that caters to 175 masqueraders copped Best Band On The Road as well as Small Band Of The Year. Ooutraje, which has been playing Mas for the past 19 years, also secured first place in […]

Bandleaders look out!

Come 2017 Betty West is going “to the extreme” with both her Kiddies and Grand Kadooment bands, despite a challenging season in the just concluded Crop Over festivities. “It was very challenging but we came through in the end. We had a few hitches where delivery was concerned. It was much harder than any other year. […]

Weary revelers make it to Spring Garden

By the time the bands reached Spring Garden for the climax of the Crop Over festival this evening revelers were hardly gyrating with the vigour with which they started, despite the continuous range of pulsating rhythms. Even before the bands passed the Frank Worrell roundabout people were limping, some assisted by friends as they made […]

Spectators turn out for parade of bands

Spectators took every vantage point along the Eagle Hall and Bank Hall Road today to catch a glimpse of revelers as they made their way from the National Stadium to Spring Garden. Children, adults and visitors alike sat on walls along the road, while some stood on guard walls ensuring that they missed nothing as […]

Togetherness Social Group caters to spectators

The Togetherness Social Group Lime and Booze was bigger and better this year, organisers said. The tent housing the group’s annual Kadooment Day lime at Malta Station Hill, was crowded as spectators gathered to watch the passing bands. President of the Togetherness Social Group, Pat Parris, said this is the fifth year the group entertained […]

Entertainers pay tribute to Ratcliffe

Tributes have been pouring in from the entertainment fraternity, for the late veteran costume band leader Renee Ratcliffe, who passed away suddenly this morning. Ratcliffe collapsed minutes after she and her band Jump Promotions ended their parade before the judges at the National Stadium and mere feet away from the Scotia Bank gate.  She was […]

Revellers enjoy Kadooment despite delays

Hundreds, including infants and the differently abled, gathered along the Black Rock main road to catch a glimpse of the climax to the Republic Bank Grand Kadooment festival as the bands made their way along the final stretch towards Spring Garden Highway. It was about 11 a.m. that the first band, Walk Holy, made its […]

One Love the ultimate show

The One Love show was dubbed ‘The Ultimate Crop Over climax’ and that it was. Last night thousands of soca lovers converged at the Concorde Experience for the highly anticipated show, which also served as a prelude to today’s Grand Kadooment. The crowd was in a cruising mood as the local acts, the best of […]

Station Hill ideal liming spot

Station Hill is undoubtedly a popular liming spot for spectators on Kadooment Day and it is no different this year. Scores are having a grand time as they take in the Carnival atmosphere. As revelers parade in colourful costumes, dancing to sweet soca songs old and new, young boys and girls and even older men […]

Wednesday 2000 is ‘Limitless’ this year

In celebration of Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence, Wednesday 2000 will this year be highlighting the island’s impact on the world stage. For Grand Kadooment 2016, the masquerade band will be presenting four sections under the theme ‘Limitless’, in recognition of Barbados as the world’s first rum producer (liquid Gold), and as the home of […]

18th Grand Kadooment win for Squires

Gwyneth Squires has done it again, capturing the Robert Weekes Award for Best Festival Designer in both the Junior and Grand Kadooment. Making a clean sweep in the majority of the categories, the veteran bandleader and designer, with her presentation Controversee, also captured the Large Band of the Year, Most Colourful Large Band, and Topical categories. […]

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