West: See you next year
Having been declared the best among the bandleaders for Grand Kadooment, the veteran Betty West has wasted no time setting her sights on 2016 when she will celebrate 25 years in the business of masquerading.
“I have big plans,” West, who swept virtually all the prizes at yesterday’s spectacle, told Barbados TODAY.
Among her many winnings at the Republic Bank Grand Kadooment were Presentation of the Year; Most Colourful Large Band; Most Traditional and Most Topical and Large Band of the Year.
Elated with her results, West revealed that she felt from the very beginning that it was going to be her day.
“I had a feeling that I would have won . . . because of the designs, presentation and all the plans I had.
“I see the performance and I see the colours and all that and I heard the synopsis, I knew deep down I had placed. In fact I knew I’d won.” said the veteran bandleader.
Titled Positive Vibes, each of the five sections depicted acts that Barbadians needed to implement in their lives to make the island a better place.
Bursting with Colour, Acknowledge Our Heritage and Lend A Helping Hand made an impact on and off the road with their vibrancy.
The Lend A Helping Hand section comprised three disabled masqueraders in wheelchairs leading the section, intended to send a message that “disable people are human beings just like us . . . older people as well”.