Crop Over is Barbados' biggest, and best-loved festival which sees the whole island taken over by the party spirit. Dating back to the 1780s when the island was one of the biggest sugar producers in the world, the end of the sugar cane harvest was always celebrated with a big party, and the tradition continues today with added extravagance and flamboyance.
The festival kicks off with the ceremonial delivery of the last sugar canes of the harvest and the crowning of the carnival king and queen. Events continue for the next five weeks and revelers can expect a heavy mix of live music, dancing, markets, cultural presentations and more. The celebratory Kadooment Day -- August 2nd, marks the culmination of Crop Over in Barbados with a parade, complete with bright costumes, music and plenty of rum.