This summer, Barbados invited travelers to live like a local and experience the island’s lively Crop Over Festival, celebrating a 200 year-old tradition that honors the end of the sugar cane season.
The six-week festival celebrated all that is Bajan with dusk till dawn parties, arts and crafts markets and a culinary-driven street fare. Entering into its final week, locals and travelers are preparing for the highly anticipated finale events encompassing the island’s most colorful and spirited celebrations including:
Friday, July 31
The night-time street party of Foreday Morning Jam brings out Barbados’ lively spirit with a parade of revelers donning brightly colored body paint. The event signals the start of the street parades where rum and pulsating music fuel the celebrations until dawn.
Monday, August 3
Grand Kadooment Day celebrates the end of Crop Over, where Masquerade Bands make their way to Spring Garden highway with revelers dressed in sequin costumes decorated with colorful feathers, jewels and bright accents; dancing behind music trucks and moving bars. The finale of Crop Over’s events makes this the island’s most exciting day of the year.
Throughout 2015, the island of Barbados is scheduled to host some of the biggest festivals in the Caribbean including: Open Water Festival (November 4-8, 2015) and Food & Wine and Rum (November 2015).