The Crop Over Festival is Barbados’ largest annual festival. Its early beginnings can be traced back to the days of slavery and the festivities which were held to mark the end of the sugar crop each year. As the sugar industry in Barbados declined, so too did the celebrations which eventually came to an end in the 1940’s.
Revived in the 1970’s, the festival as we know it today has been expanded both in terms of duration and activities. The majority of the festivities span the months of June and July each year and the festival culminates with a large street carnival, known as Grand Kadooment, which takes place on the first Monday in August. On this day, revelers dressed in colourful and ornately decorated costumes parade through the streets dancing to popular Soca music.
The Crop Over Festival is rich with Barbadian culture and includes a variety of events. These range from the Opening Gala and Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes, to Calypso and Soca competitions, Steel Pan concerts and a multitude of parties, or fetes as they are locally known. Also popular is the Foreday Morning Jam, a night-time street party with revelers covered in mud and body paint, and Bridgetown Market where vendors sell local arts, crafts, food and beverages amidst great local entertainment. There is definitely something for everyone. Even the children are included with Kiddies Kadooment (children’s carnival parade) and the Junior Calypso Monarch competition for youngsters ages 6 to 18.
So if you’re looking for things to do in Barbados, and are going to be on island during the Crop Over season, Lickrish Food Tours encourages you to be a part of the festivities – you are sure to have a great time. We also invite you to enjoy one of our tours as they are a great complement to any holiday experience!