August 10, 2015

Island Diaries: Crop Over Chronicles 2015

It's been pretty quiet on the blog recently and I take no responsibility for it.  I'm wholeheartedly blaming Crop Over.

Though summer is technically our 'offpeak' tourist season, the island comes alive during the months of June-Aug thanks to the Crop Over festival and there are parties pretty much every day of the week and friends visiting or coming home to partake in the festivities. This is a double edged sword because though the partying is great, it really offsets the regular 'routine' and the hangovers really wreck havoc on general productivity. 

Another upside to this chaos is that everyone needs a babysitter or nanny so that they can go out to party, which means great business for my agency, Island Sitters, so I can't really complain. Things. have. been. so. busy!

From booze cruises to concerts and breakfast parties, here are some of my highlights from the Crop Over Season [Kadooment will get it's own post!]:


Booze Cruise


A large street party , the word 'Jouvert' is a contraction of the French jour ouvert, or dawn/day break.

The celebration involves music, mud, paint, chocolate and thousands of people dancing through the streets. The festival starts well before dawn and peaks a few hours after sunrise.

Jouvert with her Jouvert gear the night before :) 
[Squeaky clean before]
[After party hose down]

Scorch Breakfast

As the name suggests, this was a breakfast party that started at 5am. We arrived at 7 and started on the mimosas! It was scorrrrching [yes, I did that] hot by 10am and I was like an overexcited labrador puppy when they brought out a garden hose to cool the crowd down #onlyinthecaribbean

Machel Concert [with a special guest appearance!]

Partying the night before Kadooment is a bit of a stretch for most of us, but we couldn't really pass on the opportunity to see Machel perform at Kensington Oval. As if we weren't excited enough to have snuck into the front rows of the VIP section (RIGHT under the stage, I swear I felt drops of sweat from the performers), we really flipped out when he started playing 'B*tch better have my money' and spurred the crowd on by asking if we liked that song...
Most of us knew that Ri Ri was in the island for Crop Over but I may have shed an excited tear when she actually walked on stage. in the rain. singing her little heart out.
It was a beautiful, soggy moment. 
I apologize in advance for the sound quality in the snippets below, but rain + crazy speakers do not bode well with my little phone mic!

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