Glitzy and spirited welcome to 2016

Goodbye, 2015, and all that you brought; and hello, 2016, and all you have to offer.

All across Barbados last Thursday night and early Friday morning, Barbadians and visitors alike from all walks of life gathered at many a venue to usher out the Old Year and ring in the New.

Putting all the pressures of last year and everything else serious aside for the while, they robustly partied, or simply chilled the night away.

Whether they had chosen the more posh event, or settled for the more casual lime on the beach, picnic-style, they were all singing one song: “Thank God for the New Year.”

The hundreds who rang in the New Year at Elevate Suit & 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.

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.

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

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 fifth staging of an Old Year’s Night event, Ocean Two took their guests to the sand and music of the 1920s. The themed all-inclusive affair culminated in a dramatic fireworks display over the beach.

The capacity 100 guests were treated to a seven-course meal, and what operations manager Paul Collymore coined as “practical luxury”.

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

Biggie Irie
Biggie Irie
Red Plastic Bag
Red Plastic Bag

The intermittent rain could not stop the jam, patrons ringing 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, bringing 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, keeping the crowd thoroughly entertained.

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

Whether they partied with families, their significant other, or friends, or went solo, they had an enjoyable night at Hilton Barbados, taking in too the fireworks from the Bay Street Esplanade.

Cheers to 2016!

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