Crop Over Festival
- Type: Entertainment and Nightlife, Festivals, Recreation
- Time to Spend: More than Full Day
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Slaves working on Barbados' sugar plantations in the 1600s used to celebrate the end of the harvest with singing and dancing. Present day Bajans still commemorate that the "Crop's Over" with a summer party to rival the Caribbean carnivals of Trinidad & Tobago or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Previous travelers say that a special trip to Barbados' Crop Over Festival isn't necessary, because if you're visiting the island in summer there's no way to miss the two-month event.
The real activity picks up in July, when island residents and visitors lime through the Bridgetown streets to Queens Park. All day (and night) parties continue throughout the month, as do calypso band competitions and food fairs. Crop Over ends with the Grand Kandooment, a colossus street parade with lively calypso, colorful costumes and spirited dancing.
All this spirited revelry is free to enjoy, but you'll want to bring spending money for the food fairs.