What is Barbados Crop Over?

What is Barbados Crop Over?

Official Crop Over season is July-August. The main celebrations for Crop Over occur during the first weekend of August beginning on 27th July 2022 and running until Tuesday 2nd August, 2022. The biggest day of carnival takes place on Grand Kadooment Day which in 2022 is Monday 1st August, 2022.

Is Barbados having Crop Over this year?

After two years of lockdowns and Social Distancing, the people of Barbados welcomes you back to their shores for Crop Over 2022! We get it, we all missed out on some of the hottest action in the Caribbean with the onset of COVID-19 and the cancellation of all the summer Carnivals.

How long is Crop Over in Barbados?

2 months
A Brief History of the Famous Crop Over Season in Barbados! The Crop Over Festival is Barbados’ biggest and most popular festival, stretching for over 2 months of the year.

What date is Crop Over 2021?

August 2

Crop Over
2021 date August 2
2022 date August 1
2023 date August 7
2024 date August 5

Who started Crop Over?

In the 1970s, Government determined that there was a need to attract more international tourists to the island during the summer months. Public Relations Specialist with the then Barbados Board of Tourism, Julian Marryshaw, set up a Crop Over Committee with the mandate to revive the island’s summer festival.

What happens during Crop Over?

The festival features the season’s king and queen of the crop, colourful costume competitions, children’s parades, calypso contests and large street fair in Bridgetown. The highlight is the Grand Koodoment music parade in August; a huge party to end the season in style.

Why is it called Crop Over?

Festival history Its origins can be traced back to the 1780’s, a time when Barbados was the world’s largest producer of sugar. At the end of the sugar season, there was always a huge celebration to mark the culmination of another successful sugar cane harvest – the Crop Over celebration.

What date is Crop Over?

Crop Over
Significance End of annual harvest
Celebrations Processions, music, dancing, and the use of masquerade
Date June to first Monday in August Dates below are for Kadooment
2021 date August 2

Is Crop Over Religious?

Whereas several other carnivals around the world are tied to religious holidays, Crop Over’s roots are firmly entwined in the island’s historic reverence for sugar cane – a crop which historically positioned the island as a top sugar producer and contributed to it gaining recognition as the birthplace of rum.

Who is Mr Harding Barbados?

At the rear was ‘Mr Harding’, an effigy made of cane trash stuffed into old trousers, a coat and top hat. This figure would later be burnt by labourers as a symbol of hope for survival during the post-harvest, generally referred to as ‘Hard-Times.

When did crop over start in Barbados?

However, with the harsh effects of World War II on Barbados, these annual celebrations came to an end. The Crop Over Festival was first launched on June 1, 1970, but was not officially called a festival until 4 years later.