There will be lots of festivity accompanying a revamped Bridgetown Market this year.
Producer of the two-day event, Keith Squires said the street parade, which returns to the event, would kick off the opening ceremony around 2 p.m., but that would by no means be the only live activity over the extended duration of Bridgetown Market, being held in association with Stag beer.
“The market is divided into two main areas – the Courts pasture which we have designated the craft area, then there is the highway. This year because of our sponsors, Brydens, an additional area has been added which is located opposite the craft village on the seaward side of Spring Garden Highway,” he said.
On Saturday, August 3, the Market will open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., while on Sunday it will open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., an extended period of an hour on both days. Additionally, Squires urged patrons to the event to come out early, as there would be activity every hour on the hour to keep them entertained, beginning with the reintroduction of the parade on Saturday.
“This parade commences at 2 p.m., from Holborn Circle, proceeds right along the highway down to the area of the Ranch, counters and moves back onto the area of the Courts pasture. It comprises steel pan, tuk band, we also have some visiting artistes in the form of two groups out of Martinique and one from the Cameroons in Africa – they are drumming and dancing and percussion, a full ensemble.
“We also have the Barbados Landship, they are part of that. We have some Junior Kadooment revellers from two of the Kadooment bands. We also have the King and Queen of the Crop, as well as some characters from the iconic chattel house concept, which is another new innovation,” said Squires.
The Zouave band of the Barbados Defence Force and the Parish Ambassadors are also part of the parade, which will be followed by the official opening ceremony from about 3 p.m. on the main stage inside the craft village.
“The craft village is always a highlight and every year we try to make Bridgetown Market bigger and better and more exciting and this year is no exception. The craft area is located on Courts pasture as I said and features the 100 per cent Bajan huts. This is where visitors and locals alike can purchase items specifically made in Barbados.
“We also have the traders’ lane, which is located in the centre of the complex itself. The area comes complete with it’s own stage, which is the main stage and which entertainment will be going from 3 p.m. on Saturday until 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 3 p.m. until about 9 p.m.”
The entertainment on the days will include a fashion show, folk music, stick licking, appearances by calypsonians, with local and foreign acts participating.
This year there will be two children’s areas, one in the craft village and the other on the seaside close to The Ranch.
The chattel house complex, he further explained, was a new concept that would see the establishment of a chattel village next to the stage inside the craft village and which would be populated by folk characters.
“The chattel house complex, which is mounted by folk artistes of Barbados is like a back-in-time scenario. When you step into the chattel house, not only is it outfitted in the traditional implements and artefacts but we have live mannequins.
“We also have on screen some footage of various folk artistes, calypso artistes on a screen with some background music, and some characters who are dressed. So you will meet a Rachel Pringle, you will meet King Dyal, you will meet characters in the folklore. So that is an exciting project itself.”
Additionally, associate sponsors Stag will have a special area set up toward the seaside and CBC will be on board producing Radio Spring Garden on the days.
In all of this, Squires said there would still be the customary vendors lining both sides of the highway. (LB)