Crop Over 2014 is off to a fantastic start!
So said Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley when he gave brief remarks at the Crop Over Preview held on Friday, May 23, at the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), West Terrace, St. James.
Disclosing that ???54 bands have already registered for Foreday Morning???, Minister Lashley reasoned this signals that more persons should get involved in this year???s festivities.
Insisting that ???we are going to have a much bigger Crop Over in 2014???, he outlined that the NCF increased the number of events it will stage from approximately 33 to 38.
Some of the new activities included a Crop Over Bus Crawl (held on Saturday, May 24) as well as a massive Cavalcade which will be held on Friday, May 30, at Queen???s Park, The City.
The Culture Minister thanked the sponsors for ???enduring and sticking to the task this year of supporting our island???s biggest festival???; he also extended gratitude to the staff of the NCF for ???doing an incredible job???.
Lauding other Crop Over partners for their commitment, he singled out the Royal Barbados Police Force: ???This is perhaps the only festival in the world that we can have thousands of people involved in the various events and we hardly have any incidents whatsoever. And if something happens, we have a very rapid response from the Royal Barbados Police Force.???
The Crop Over Preview was the first activity on the NCF???s 2014 Festival Calendar.??Performers at the event included James Lovell and the Haynesville Drummers, spoken word artiste, DJ Simmons; new artistes: Fresh, Hybrid and Cher; Pic-O-De-Crop 2013 winner, Ian Webster; Grynner, RPB, Soca Kartel and Biggie Irie.
Play as You Go Masquerade Band and Karibbean Kinetic steel pan band also made appearances.