Grand Kadooment Day in Barbados
he Barbados Kadooment is held on "Kadooment Day" and is the culmination of the Crop Over Festival Season. The "Grand Kadooment is the official finale celebration of the season, usually held on the first Monday of August. This parade of Masquerade Bands, revel through the streets before judges in a Carnival-like fashion to be judged at strategic points. The street party ends at the beach-front Spring Garden Highway, where they await the results of the day in merriment in the presents of a beautiful fireworks display. Kadooment Day Date
FYI - Other names for Kadooment Bands are Costumed Bands, Mas Bands, Masquerade Bands, Carnival Bands or Crop Over Bands.
Spectators and revelers of Grand Kadooment in Barbados, who are not registered with a Carnival Band, can view the beautifully costumed Masqueraders from along the Route. Food and drinks are sold roadside, so you can enjoy the spectacle as they pass by with their massive music trucks, usually with Deejays and Live Bands to entertain the huge crowds.
Spectators can also spend the day at the Bridgetown Market festivities on Spring Garden Highway, or enjoy the beach at Brandons & Weisers Beach Bar, until the costume bands arrive.
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Is it a Carnival?
The Crop Over Festival in Barbados is considered a Carnival Festival, although it doesn't occur before or during lent and has none of the religious undertones, like some West Indian/Caribbean Carnivals, but has all the other elements such as; Masquerading, Street Parties, Public celebrations & parades.
Grand Kadooment is Barbados’ Carnival Day, but is locally called “Kadooment Day”
The Crop Over Kadooment Carnival is rated as one of the best Carnivals in the Caribbean.
The word Kadooment is a bajan term meaning: a big occasion filled with fun & merriment.
Masquerading was an old African tradition, where they paraded in masks and costumes through the villages to bring good luck and to remove evil spirits. Originally materials for costumes were natural things such as; grass, beads, bones, etc. Head-pieces and Masks were made of feathers to symbolise that people can spiritually rise above anything.
Most European colonies within the Caribbean who were part of the slave trade have Carnival or Carnival-like celebrations. Now in large countries like USA, Canada and England, where they are Caribbean communities you will find Carnival celebrations.
It is an offence subject to punishment in a Court of Law, for Persons not Registered in a Costume Band to intrude into registered Revelers of Costume Bands.
Court Punishment can range from a Fine of BDS$15,000.00 OR Imprisonment OR Both.
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