Oh What a Night!

It was a night of fine dining, fireworks and fantastic fun as Barbadians said goodbye to 2015 and looked forward to all that 2016 has to offer.

The hundreds who rang in the New Year at Elevate: Suit and Tie did so on a high.

The Belle Plantation in St Michael was transformed into a glitzy and glamorous venue for the estimated 1, 600 patrons who attended the event.

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And they came out dressed to impress, with long dresses and heels being the most popular choice for females, while the men were just as dapperly outfitted, with most opting to wear suit and tie.

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The fireworks display at midnight was undoubtedly the night’s main attraction, with the five-minute long spectacle drawing several ‘oohs and aahs’ from the large crowd.

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Afterwards, the focus turned to the dance floor where patrons partied well into 2016 and even past the scheduled 4 a.m. cut off time.

One of the organizers of the event Mario Greene told Barbados TODAY he was extremely pleased.

The feedback has been very good so far. People were struck with the execution and the quality of service. A lot of patrons are saying that they are really happy because they got what was advertised.”

In its 5th staging of an Old Year’s night event, Ocean Two took their guests to the sand and the 20’s. The themed all-inclusive affair culminated in a dramatic fireworks display over the beach.  Their capacity 100 guests were treated to a seven course meal, and what operations manager Paul Collymore coined as “practical luxury”.

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Over at the Hilton hotel over 800 visitors were simply Spellbound by not only the beautifully decorated Hilton grounds and its fine dining, but also the sweet sounds of Biggie Irie, Red Plastic Bag, Alan Sheppard, Malcolm X and DJ Vid.

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Intermittent rain could not stop the jam, as patrons rang out 2015 in fine style.

Biggie Irie provided the opening entertainment appetizer, showing off his clean clear vocals with R&B reggae and few soca hits. Red Plastic Bag then served up the second course of the delightful Hilton meal and brought the hotel to life with his infectious soca music. The biggest hit on the night however was Ragga Ragga. Patrons simply could not get enough. Alan Sheppard served the final course and kept the crowd thoroughly entertained.

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When the clock stuck midnight, all were captivated by the beautiful array of fireworks on display. They then got the opportunity to light Chinese lanterns, make wishes and send them off into the night sky, hoping for the best for the New Year.

Whether they partied with families, a significant other, friends or solo, it was an enjoyable night at the Hilton hotel. Cheers to 2016!

Barbadians enjoying the fireworks from the Bay Street Esplanade.
Barbadians enjoying the fireworks from the Bay Street Esplanade.

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