MINISTER OF CULTURE Stephen Lashley hailed it as another successful parade, but today’s Republic Bank Crop Over Grand Kadooment saw smaller numbers parading in most of the 20 bands at the National Stadium.
The event, which brought the 2017 Crop Over Festival to a climax, got off to a slow start around 8 a.m. with just a few spectators sitting under tents on the grounds, watching the traditionally early Walk Holy and Blue Box Cart bands face the judges.
The reduced numbers in both those bands were perhaps an indication of what would follow. Traditionally large bands such as Jump Promotions, Power X Four and Gwyneth Squires’ Signs of the Times paraded with noticeably smaller numbers.
The colour and spectacle were characteristically engaging for the hundreds who eventually filled the spectators’ seating and there were many visitors among them.
By the time Power X Four crossed the stage, six hours had passed.
While visitors and locals who traditionally jump said what a grand time they were having, in the eyes of some regular spectators, this year’s parade was somewhat lackluster. (GC).