Crop Over Festival – Barbados
One of the most popular festivals in the whole of the Caribbean remains the Barbados Crop Over Festival which climaxes with an elaborate costume parade. Attended by people from all over the world, the festival has gained grounds as the place to be in June, thanks to stars like Rihanna. Formerly known as Harvest Home, Crop Over or “Crawpova”, as it is referred to by locals, is known to have begun in 1687. The festival, which is a celebration of the end of the sugar plantation slavery in Barbados, is also a derivative of the harvest festivals in Africa such as the yam festival celebrated in Nigeria and Ghana and carried on by the slaves in those areas. The festival is expected to end on August 5, 2019.