The Crop Over is a festival which is celebrated in Barbados. The festival ends with the Kadooment parade. The Crop over festival is celebrated to symbolize the end of the local sugar cane harvest and it is different from the rest of the other Caribbean countries.
What is the Crop over festival?
The Crop Over in one of the most loved and expected festivals in Barbados Island. It is a very unique festival among all the other festivals. The festival is different as it is a combination of local cultural characters mix with modern additions of culture and traditions. The celebrations are young and jubilant with a mix of music, dance, and food. The drop over festival also exhibits Barbadian culture, with a mix of African survival heritage and Western modern culture through various cultural celebrations of art, music, dance, dramas, and a variety of other things.
The duration of the festival
The Barbados Crop over Festival is held for a long period of 12 weeks beginning from the month of May all through the month of August. The well known festival known as the crop over Cavalcades is not the official start of the festivals. This festival has been designed to create hype in the world of festivals. The festival symbolizes the crop over festival in Barbados. Many of these events have themes attached to each of them and they last from dawn till dusk.
Activities in the Crop Over festival
Various activities are performed in the crop over festival. They consist of songs as well as music, dance, drama and sequel. The Thanksgiving service is followed by the Crop over Opening Gala & the Ceremonial Delivery of the last Canes” and then follows a parade that marks the official opening of the Barbados Crop over Festival Season and the end of the Sugar Cane Crop harvesting Season
The different art and culture in the festival
The crop over festival plays an imperative part in the Photography and Arts & Craft society of Barbados. There are a large number of events showcasing the heritage of the Barbados Island. The steel band also performs at the carnivals. They have become involved in all the functions through Steel Pan competitions and Pan Concerts known as the Pan Fusion”, “Pan In De City”, and “Pan Pun De Sand. Apart from that, there are Calypso competitions, Pic-O-De-Crop Semi-Finals and finals as well.