Grynner turns on The City

Bridgetown came spectacularly alive on Saturday afternoon, locals and visitors alike lining the streets to witness the First Citizens City Fest, which marked the official start of Crop Over 2016.

Veteran calypsonian Grynner’s 2016 hit Turn On De Speaker featured prominently in the street parade that included the Bajan characters Green Monkey, Shaggy Bear and Mother Sally, as well as a model of the authentic Bajan bus.

The Green Monkey  was a major attraction.
The Green Monkeywas a major attraction.

The parade, held under the theme Dis Is We Ting, also saw participation by the Barbados Cheerleading Federation, with squads from primary and secondary schools ending their performance to the chant B-A-R-B-A-D-O-S!

National Cultural Foundation (NCF) chairman Maureen Graham told the gathering the City Fest theme sent “a message of pride about this beautiful gem of the Caribbean we call Barbados”, adding: “We all need to feel a coveted sense of belonging. Crop Over belongs to all of us.”

A friendly game of Draughts in the city.
A friendly game of Draughts in the city.

For Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley it was an extra special occasion, as the day’s festivities coincided with the fifth anniversary of the designation of the City Of Bridgetown And Its Garrison as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“It is fitting that this significant achievement be reflected in our celebration of City Fest, an event designed to bring culture alive once more in this historic City space,” the minister said.

Reigning King and Queen  Of The Crop Grantley Hurley and Judy Cumberbatch flanked  by NCF chairman Maureen Graham; Beverley Prescod, First Citizens’ senior  manager of retail banking; and Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley.
Reigning King and QueenOf The Crop Grantley Hurley and Judy Cumberbatch flanked by NCF chairman Maureen Graham; Beverley Prescod, First Citizens’ senior manager of retail banking; and Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley.

In that regard, Lashley noted, his ministry was working with the NCF to revitalize The City.

“I recognize even greater potential within the festival for private sector involvement. I believe we need to see more involvement of businesses in The City, many of which are yet to buy into initiatives such as this, that can make a difference to their own livelihood within Bridgetown.”

Bridgetown alive last Saturday as the Crop Over  City Fest and Ceremonial Delivery Of The Last Canes  took over Broad Street.
Bridgetown alive last Saturday as the Crop Over
City Fest and Ceremonial Delivery Of The Last Canes took over Broad Street.

Lashley said it was important to continue to redevelop, innovate and rejuvenate Crop Over, which had grown to take its place among the world’s most popular festivals.

These youngsters were eager to be riding on a donkey cart during the parade.
These youngsters were eager to be riding on a donkey cart during the parade.
Source: (KK)

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