Barbadians celebrate Christmas in Queen’s Park

Queen’s Park was transformed into a fashion wonderland as locals dressed to the nines for the annual Christmas in the Park concert.

 


From 7 a.m. the Royal Barbados Police Force Band led the joyous proceedings with a two-hour concert as families trickled into the Constitution Road venue.

The gents were a force to be reckoned with all decked in smart suits for the day’s proceedings. Many opted for African print designs above the traditional suit and tie.

The ladies were showstoppers with their colourful and gorgeous dresses and gowns.

 

Toddlers and teenagers were out and about in the crowd with their relatives and friends taking pictures and enjoying the gospel music from artistes such as John Yarde, Skye King, Mechka Hill and Brian ‘Bumba’ King.


Ivor Payne returned to Queen’s Park this morning after a 41-year–old break . While enjoying the lively vocals of local gospel artiste Sheldon Hope, Payne who was prodded by friends to attend the age-old Bajan tradition today, reminisced of the many occasions he spent in Queen’s Park watching the RBPF Band as a child.

“I really enjoyed being here today and I am going to be back next year. I had a very good time, the ambiance is good, to see the different outfits, everybody is happy, everybody is well dressed, it is just so much fun,” said Payne.

A familiar face at Christmas in the Park every year is Lorna Bryan.

Scores of locals and tourists approached Bryan who was dressed as Ms Merry Christmas and armed with a basket of candies much to the delight of children. Bryan told Barbados TODAY she was there to spread Christmas cheer and boost the ambiance in the park with her costume.

“Many years ago I came to this park, after looking around I saw that it needed brightening so the next year I started to prepare something for the park to give it some life,” she explained.

“I’m here to spread some Christmas cheer,” Bryan added.

Seventeen year-old Tia Browne also stood out in her beautiful red gown. The teenager revealed that she had been attending the Park since she was a baby and had grown fond of the event.

“I like the music, I like the vibes that everybody brings and everyone is happy,” she told Barbados TODAY.

16 Responses to Barbadians celebrate Christmas in Queen’s Park

  1. Alex Alleyne December 25, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    As per usual.

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  2. Ossie Moore December 25, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Are they any other races of Barbadians besides black Barbadians ?

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  3. Alex Alleyne December 25, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    @OM, Only “we” party and spend money”.

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    • Belfast December 25, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      They are at home preparing the envelopes for the banks’ safety deposit boxes.

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      • Jennifer December 26, 2017 at 1:49 am

        Lol. Good on them too. They train you up in the way u should grow (brainwashed as f@#$) thanks to your leaders, and when u r old u will not depart from it. Sound faminlar huh. The brain washing great. This people really need to stop with this emancipation, independance, and whatever other likkle fib celebrations they hold dear. Until U can straighten your minds out. This is a cloned peoples.

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        • Jennifer December 26, 2017 at 1:59 am

          Now u see why the young people in such a mess. The mother ship is infected. Not to mention the chariot wheel gratering against the wall.

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  4. Othneal December 26, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Cultural Apartheid. Here is the proof. Not even seasonal goodwill can find a chink in the cultural-socio-economic barrier. The solution? An equitable distribution of GDP (the net wealth of the country) Too much of the country’s wealth is concentrated in the white and black upper classes ?2% of the population. The rest are psychologically tethered in the past and kept there to maintain the status quo by a cynical manipulation of the educaltional system that restricts higher education to that 2%, stifles ambition, while pretending to be egalitarian.

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    • Jennifer December 26, 2017 at 7:01 am

      Like this one othneal. Now you see what cultural genocide and cultural assimulation looks like. To impose what you said this people would need a total recall, and fast. The question would be “do they want it”????

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  5. Ossie Moore December 26, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Ossie Moore says : Are they any other races of Barbadians besides black Barbadians ?

    Belfast says : They are at home preparing the envelopes for the banks’ safety deposit boxes.

    Ossie : Awesome response Belfast . . . .. I like that ! ! !

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  6. Ossie Moore December 26, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Jen I am trying to respond to your comment but Barbados Today will not post it.

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    • jennifer December 26, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      I does pick up fast. you have to splice in.

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  7. clmkonan December 26, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Congratulations to all I am trilled to see you are still hitting Queens Park for Xmas.Everyone looks so great

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  8. Othneal December 26, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    @ Jennifer, they need it but they might not want it. Yes, they need it but they might not know it. We can only hope that the next generation will be more enlightened.

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    • Jennifer December 26, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      @Othneal – you sound a little like Nanny McPhee. Fitting too. Lets hope for the best. Their future depends on it.

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  9. Ossie Moore December 26, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Jenifer says : This people really need to stop with this emancipation, independance, and whatever other likkle fib celebrations they hold dear. Until U can straighten your minds out. This is a cloned peoples.

    Ossie : You are right Jen , bajans need to wake up and realize also that their minds are being controlled by the massses who keep pushing down their throats :

    (1) Barbados is the most beautiful country in the World .
    (2) 5 cruise ships will be in Port ever week
    (3) Tourists and visitor arrivals are up
    (4) This tourist season will be a ” BUMPER ” tourist season
    (5) Crop Over will be bigger and better this year.

    and the 6th. thing ( which is true ) is that Barbados has the world’s No.1 entertainer.

    If you keep reminding Barbadians of these 6 things every week , they’ll forget about :

    (1) Outrageous taxes
    (2) rising high ctrime
    (3) Poor health care
    (4) high prices
    (5) Dangerous driving conditions
    (6) Racism
    (7) Corruption
    (8) . . .and the fact that the average bajan cannot even buy a piece of property in his / her own BEAUTIFUL country.

    . . . .and last but not least is that a ham cost $600.00

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  10. Ossie Moore December 26, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Jenifer says : This people really need to stop with this emancipation, independance, and whatever other likkle fib celebrations they hold dear. Until U can straighten your minds out. This is a cloned peoples.

    Ossie : You are right Jen , bajans need to wake up and realize also that their minds are being controlled by the massses who keep pushing down their throats :

    (1) Barbados is the most beautiful country in the World .
    (2) 5 cruise ships will be in Port ever week
    (3) Tourists and visitor arrivals are up
    (4) This tourist season will be a ” BUMPER ” tourist season
    (5) Crop Over will be bigger and better this year.

    and the 6th. thing ( which is true ) is that Barbados has the world’s No.1 entertainer.

    If you keep reminding Barbadians of these 6 things every week , they’ll forget about :

    (1) Outrageous taxes
    (2) rising high ctrime
    (3) Poor health care
    (4) high prices
    (5) Dangerous driving conditions
    (6) Racism
    (7) . . .and the fact that the average bajan cannot even buy a piece of property in his / her own BEAUTIFUL country.

    . . . .and last but not least is that a ham cost $600.00

    Reply

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