Festival of colour
It was indeed a festival of colour as the bands once again pulled out all the stops to give the approximately 3,000 children the time of their lives “on the road”.
This year, with a few changes to the Junior Kadooment route, the youngsters were able to revel around the National Stadium for their short jump.
But at the end of the day, it was the Gwyneth Squires Band Guardians of Our Heritage that walked away with Best Junior Band, followed by St. Mary’s School Carnival of the Sea in second and Young Spirits Community Group’s Poetry in Motion in third.
Squires band won the Individual 7-10 category with a piece called Lady Fly Away Home; as well as the Individual 11-14 with Grasshopper in Flight; and Best Flag Person with Cordia Harding, though the band placed in other categories.
Carnival of the Sea from St. Mary’s would also go on to win Best School Band; Junior Queen of the Bands, Best Couple, the 7-10 Couple; Community Costume; and the Environmental award, while they placed in several other categories.
The Young Spirits Community Group also did very well this year with Poetry in Motion — winning Most Colourul Band, the Couples 11-14 category with Back to Basics and the Bridgetown World Heritage Award, while they placed second in the Historical category, third in Topical, second in Community Costume, third in Individual 3-6, second in Individuals 11-14, third in both Couples 3-6 and Couples 7-10, third for Junior King of the Bands and in Best Junior Band category.
Kids on the Move was another band to do well this year — winning the Fantasy category, the Individual 3-6, and Junior King of the Bands, while placing second in Topical, Environmental, Individual 7-10, and Junior Queen of the Bands.
The BMA Brands of Barbados Award went to Island Spice Designs for These Fields and Hills, while Sharon Primary won the HIV/AIDS Awareness Award, Reggie Cave’s Band won the Folklore title, and St. Gabriel’s School won for Historical. (LB)