Visiting for the Festival
Every year, thousands enter Barbadian shores with one thing in mind – enjoying the Crop Over festival! The vacationers, whether they are nationals living abroad or tourists, find the liveliness of the season impossible to resist. They pour into the Grantley Adams International Airport, hailing from far and wide. We took a trip to the airport on Tuesday July 31, just five days before Grand Kadooment, to find out why visitors enjoy the Crop Over season.
Name: Jasmine Bolton Age: 24
Where are you visiting from? Washington D.C., United States of America.
Are you a repeat visitor? This is my first time.
Why do you love the Crop Over festival? I’m excited to come for the first time. I’m here for Crop Over and my friend’s birthday. I love the festival because you get to dress up and be in a costume band. I’m excited to experience a new culture.
Name: Karen Simmons-nicolas Age: 52
Where are you visiting from? Atlanta, Georgia. Are you a repeat visitor? Yes, but I have not been here in 15 years. Why do you love the Crop Over festival? The music, the people and the fun. Photo caption from left- Karen Simmons-nicolas, her aunt Muriel Redrick, mom Myrna Belgrave and husband Serge Nicolas.
Name: Lornell Maynard Age: 28
Where are you visiting from? London, United Kingdom.
Are you a repeat visitor? Yes.
Why do you love the Crop Over festival? I love the music and the weather. I also love the amazing atmosphere, amazing costumes and great vibes.
Name: Asha Small-wolf Age: 39
Where are you visiting from? London, United Kingdom. Are you a repeat visitor? Yes. Why do you love the Crop Over festival? I’m here as a birthday gift to myself, doing Crop Over first class. My birthday is coming up in September. I’ve never done it before. I’ve never experienced it, so it’s the experience – the day, the colours, the vibe. I’m looking forward to jumping in the Aura band with my cousin. I just want to try it because I don’t think I would do it again.