Crop Over in the community
In spite of some changes to the 2014 Crop Over calendar, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) says everything is going according to plan. On Saturday, the NCF, in collaboration with the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), staged the inaugural Bus Crawl that went through St James, St Peter, St Joseph, St Philip, St George and St Michael.
At the first stop, NCF CEO Cranston Browne, along with St James Parish Ambassadors, laid wreaths at the site where the late calypsonian The Great Carew lived. Carew, born Neville Denis Blackman, died on August 3, 1995, when his beachside wooden house was washed out to sea during floods just off Weston.
Explaining the reason for the Bus Crawl, Browne said the NCF wanted to reach out to communities across the island by taking the festival to them.
“We felt this was one of the ways to do that and share the Crop Over feeling throughout Barbados . . . . As you know, we had to cut back on the Cavalcades this year; so this is another way we wanted to make sure that we get into the communities,” he said.
Simone Codrington, NCF corporate communications specialist, said though the foundation expected this year’s festival to be bigger than last year’s, most Barbadians were yet to get the Crop Over feeling.
“Again, it’s still early in the season; so as usual Barbadians are slow to respond and we wait until it gets a little late and we say, ‘Oops! It’s Crop Over’.”
Porgie And Murda, Grynner, RPB, Kirk Brown and Adrian Clarke were among the entertainers performing on the Bus Crawl.