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Barbados Gears Up for a Sweet Celebration: Crop Over


The Annual Island Carnival of Masquerade & Magic is finally here!

NEW YORK, NY (July 11, 2008) – Let the festivities begin!  The beautiful island of Barbados celebrates Crop Over, the island’s most popular festival, now until August 4th.  Crop Over, which dates back to the 1780’s when Barbados was one of the world’s foremost sugar producers, commemorates the end of the sugar cane season with an exciting and vibrant extravaganza of music & masquerade, heritage and culture.  The grand finale, and a universally celebrated national holiday, known as Kadooment Day, occurs Monday, August 4th with a colorful and lively parade of costumed dancers and fireworks.


Visitors from all over the Caribbean, North America and Europe will flock to Barbados to experience a lively showcase of the multi-faceted Barbadian culture, in addition to its pristine beaches, breathtaking sunsets, Zagat-rated cuisine and vibrant nightlife.  Crop Over kicks off with a grand opening gala and continues for five weeks of carnival inspired fun.  During the final three days of Crop Over, Spring Garden Highway is the heart of the festival. The entire stretch of road is converted to a bustling marketplace of arts and crafts, foods of all kinds, plus entertainment including steel bands, dance groups, folk performers, gospel singers and calypsonians.


One of the highlights of Crop Over is the Pic-O-De-Crop Finals, occurring Friday, August 1st, where eight finalists compete for the year’s Crown and top prizes in an exciting calypso competition.  Be sure to check out Cohobblopot on Sunday, August 3rd to witness the Kings and Queens of the year’s costume bands show off their elaborate and dazzling costumes to the sounds of the latest local calypso hits, while competing for the title of King and Queen of Crop Over for 2008.  The final day of the festival culminates with Grand Kadooment, a summer street carnival, filled with people consumed by ‘festival fever’, dancing to Caribbean soca music and wearing spectacular, multicolored costumes and body paint.


For further information on the 2008 Crop Over Festival, go to or contact the Barbados Tourism Authority at 1(800) 221-9831.  To reserve your accommodation in Barbados during Crop Over visit:



The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes, including St. Philips beach which was voted one of the world’s sexiest beaches for 2008 by It is the first and only Zagat rated Caribbean island with numerous internationally renowned chefs who masterfully put signature spins on local delicacies and traditions. Barbados is also an ideal stage for world-class events and has hosted numerous athletic championships, including the ICC Cricket World Cup Final 2007 and the 2006 PGA World Golf Championship-The Barbados World Cup.   Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas to quaint bed and breakfasts to award-winning five-star resorts. The newly renovated Grantley Adams International Airport offers non-stop and direct service from a growing number of U.S. cities via Air Jamaica, American Airlines, Delta and US Airways, making Barbados the true gateway to the Eastern Caribbean.  The Barbados Tourism Authority has provided excellent service for 50 years and is a proud member of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association.  Please visit for accommodation options.


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