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Crop Over - Carnival in Barbados!

Updated on August 11, 2016

Summer means Crop Over in Barbados

If you haven't been to a carnival in the Caribbean, you don't know what you're missing: this Crop Over Calendar highlights all the events you can experience at Barbados' greatest summer festival.

Crop Over is the island's biggest festival which ends with a parade of costume bands during Grand Kadooment on the first Monday in August. Get ready for a taste of what it's like to be a part of one of the hottest summer festivals in the Caribbean islands!

Photo Credit: baje-intl.com this is one of the amazing costumes which was on the road for Grand Kadooment in 2013.

Crop Over Music

If you don't know already....

I'm a Soca fan. What is Soca? I'm glad you asked because I have already dedicated an entire lens to this terrific artform.

....BUT, This article is about Crop Over: the local artistes prepare all year long, but really gear up from around March/April so that the new music for the season starts hitting the airwaves at the beginning of May.

I classify our music in 3 main categories:

1. Social Commentary: which I thoroughly enjoy, it's usually controversial and sometimes quite hilarious.

2. Party Rhythms: to make you dance all day, which is what you do at Grand Kadooment!

3. Entertainment: these songs are really about the performance factor, you generally have to see the artistes perform their songs to really appreciate them since the rhythm and lyrics are usually not as developed or witty. Some people are rather annoyed at the prevalance of this genre especially on the airwaves. In my opinion, it has its place and while they can't all be "class" acts, I applaud the many young people who make an honest effort to advance them selves in any artform - all young people should be encouraged and guided to make a worthwhile contribution and not just criticized or ridiculed.

I'm A Soca Junkie!!!

Here's a selection of songs that became big hits in recent years

From 10 of my favorite local artistes. I actually went to school with 2 fantastic role models: Rupee - (aka Rupert Clarke) and Natalie 'Natahlee' Burke have done so well in this business as have all the others that I'm featuring here.

What you'll want to do if you're here for the big weekend:

The 1st Monday in August sees the culmination of this festival, but before you get to that.....

Taking some lyrics from the hits for Crop Over:

"Something's happenin'... and it's so exciting!" I "Can't Wait!" to show you "What we do" and when it's all over, we'll all be singing: "This ting cyan be over!"

The Kiddies can get involved too:

Kiddies Kadooment is a chance for the little ones to take part in the festival. It's held the weekend before the big shows which gives everyone involved the chance to make the most of it and really enjoy the spectacle the kids put on!

  1. The weekend kicks off at the National Stadium with the Pic-o-De-Crop Finals on the Friday night at 8 p.m.
  2. followed immediately by the Foreday Morning Jump which starts around 2 a.m.: you will get dirty - mud(clay) and lots of paint are a big part of this event!
  3. ....and then by the Bridgetown Market at 10 a.m.
  4. Saturday afternoon: you'll be able to choose from a range of All-Inclusive events.
  5. On Sunday morning from around 10 a.m. you MUST find a cruise to cool down on during the day!
  6. Then you get back in gear at the Booze Cruise after party at the Boatyard or the Blue Box Cart party at Harbour Lights
  7. and then it's back to the Stadium for Cohobblopot!
  8. Now, you may go home and sleep ....for a maximum of 5 hours!
  9. and then it's time to hit the road with a costume band for Grand Kadooment - check out the big band: Baje International!
  10. FINALLY: Soak your feet... it's all over and you deserve it if you survived!!!

Crop Over 2012 Music:

Here's the costume I played mas' in a couple of years ago.

Carnival Boots? - No one seems to wear sneakers anymore...

Traditionally, most revellers wear soft shoes to "jump" - it's quite a long way from the National Stadium to the Spring Garden Highway, so it's recommended that you get a comfortable pair of shoes. Although I've seen some brave young ladies wearing heels to jump, I prefer the look and comfort of these boots below... they're a lot more practical too!

Forever Link SUEDE MATERIAL SIDE ZIPPER CASUAL KNEE HIGH BOOTS 7 blue
Forever Link SUEDE MATERIAL SIDE ZIPPER CASUAL KNEE HIGH BOOTS 7 blue

My favorite color is blue so when I'm choosing my costume, it usually is a major factor. These blue boots would be perfect if I go with blue again this year. I'm looking forward to it... especially being able to jump in a comfy pair of boots like this! Since I started wearing carnival boots my feet always feel so much better even right after the jump.

 

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      KandH 3 years ago

      @rob-hemphill: It sure is :) I hope you get to one day!

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      Rob Hemphill 3 years ago from Ireland

      Looks fun, would like to experience it!

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      KandH 3 years ago

      @smine27: It certainly is, I'm sure you would enjoy it!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Would love to visit one of these days. So festive and fun!

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      Meyani 4 years ago

      a lot of fun

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      celmara 4 years ago

      thanks for the soca music links!

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      Looks like a lot of fun!

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      Sounds like a wonderful time - I'd love to go someday!

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Wow!! This is all new to me! FUN! Blessed!

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      KandH 4 years ago

      @RosaMorelli: It is - hope you get to see it in person some time :)

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      RosaMorelli 4 years ago

      This sounds absolutely fantastic!

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      sailor_man 4 years ago

      nice lens

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      KandH 4 years ago

      @Mamabyrd: It most certainly is :)

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      sounds like a great time!

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Music, dancing, sun, sand it just doesn't get any better than this! Great job on creating this lens.

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Dance, Music, Fun, Dance, Music, Fun! Great lens!

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      ansruthi 5 years ago

      music and dance.......

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Sound like lots of fun to me.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting. 'sweet fun days'

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      AskPat 5 years ago

      This seems like a lot of fun!

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Quite interesting!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Sounds like a lot of fun. Nice lens! :)

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      This looks like the place to be. I really enjoyed leaning about Crop Over. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Interesting. I don't know much about this so I enjoyed my visit.

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @anilsaini: Thanks!

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      Plenty of fun

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @peggygallyot: there's a saying here: "sweet fuh days!"

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @SheilaMilne: It is, you'll have to come visit some time and see for yourself :)

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @larrybla lm: Come on down!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @rallo-smith: Indeed!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @Tom Maybrier: Thanks for stopping by :)

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @aquarian_insight: Thank you!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @Sara Krentz: It is & thanks!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @biminibahamas: Tons of fun!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, I'm sure you'll love it!

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      Sounds wonderful!

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      larrybla lm 5 years ago

      Makes me want to go to the Islands right now!

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      Loads of fun!

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      Tom Maybrier 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      Wow! What fun. Great lens.

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      Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

      Sounds like loads of fun - I love the way you presented this!

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      Sounds Fun!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looks like fun. I'll have to take a trip soon!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @Millionairemomma: Most definitely!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @Kae Yo: Thank you!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It is & thank you!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @designsbyharriet: Yes you should!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @JohnTannahill: sweet dreams :)

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @alina nicoleta92: Thanks!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @chas65: We sure do :)

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      It looks fun.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Crop Over sounds like a good reason to plan a trip to Barbados! Congratulations on front page honors!

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Sounds like you know how to have fun there, from a fellow RocketSquid.

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      alina nicoleta92 5 years ago

      Very beautiful lens. Love it.

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      Kae Yo 5 years ago

      That does sound like fun! Congrats on making the front page!

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      Never been to the islands, but it looks like I should go.

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @sandi_x: Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @randomthings lm: Thanks... it most certainly is :)

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Very good lens. I think you have to be there to appreciate the Soca. Never been to Barbados but I have heard it in Jamaica. Back home in the rain of blighty it's not the same. But hey, I will close my eyes and imagine.

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      sandi_x 5 years ago

      Something new for me. NIce lens, thanks

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      This sounds like a lot of fun!