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BARBADOS - Parish of St. James- festivals


Holetown Festival

Mr. Alfred Pragnell, a popular local commentator, was the originator of the Holetown Festival, he thought it was time for Barbadians to take note of their rich cultural history. With the help of friends the concept of the Holetown Festival developed.

The festival was opened in February 1977 by the then Senator Lionel Craig.

Barbados Holetown Festival

It has grown into the 'peoples festival' allowing a wide cross section of our divers community to benefit – financially, culturally, and spiritually.

In mid February every year the festival celebrates the discovery of our beautiful land by the British.

The streets are filled with stalls selling local food, handicrafts and local art.

Holetown Festival

There is a choice to suit every taste from Chinese to Indian, African to American, Caribbean and European. Music is perfuse and the atmosphere electric as local dancers perform and stilt men strut about twelve foot tall!

Festival brimming with entertainment
Web Posted - Fri Feb 17 2006

Compliments of Barbados Advocate

2006 Holetown Festival, Things are heating up in the 2006 Holetown Festival, as Barbadians get ready to celebrate in the 30th annual street fair and arts and crafts exhibition over the weekend.
Already for the week, patrons have been treated to nightly performances from several local and international bands in the Holetown Liming Tent, and to free concerts in a seaside theatre.
Entertainment included acts like Sing Out Barbados, Praise Dance Academy and overseas artistes such as Dominic D Arcy and the Air Canada cargo Calysto Steel Band, both from Canada.

Later tonight, Barbadians can look forward to a Grant Floodlit Tattoo with The Royal Barbados Police Force band. However, tomorrow will see the Banks Coca Cola Street Parade featuring vintage and classic cars, a Taste of Kadooment with costumes by Gwyneth Squires, traditional tuk band music with stilt walkers, as well as the Holetown Dooflicky and a Festival Fashion Show at the Glitter Bay Hotel, among other activities.
On Sunday, the festival will culminate with a thanksgiving service at the St. James Parish Church and later in the day there will be a mini concert featuring Decisions gospel band and a spiritual candlelight procession and worship service. Also on that night, seven beautiful contestants will compete to win the Banks/Coca Cola Queen of the Festival Pageant at the St. James Secondary school.

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Crystal Waterfront Carnival

“Mother Sally” at the 88-room Crystal Cove Hotel. It was pure ecstasy for dozens on the West Coast yesterday morning, especially for Welsh visitor Eric Smith, who could not help but dance to the rhythmic gyrations of “Mother Sally” at the 88-room Crystal Cove Hotel.

It was pure ecstasy for dozens on the West Coast yesterday morning, especially for Welsh visitor Eric Smith, who could not help but dance to the rhythmic gyrations of “Mother Sally” at the 88-room Crystal Cove Hotel.
The occasion was the Crystal Waterfront Carnival and Smith was among the many European visitors captivated by the sight of Danse National Afrique, the stiltsmen, “shaggy bears” and “green monkeys”.

It’s the seventh year for the special event, and according to new general manager Charles Maynard, the idea is to bring a “piece of Barbados to the guests and give them a feel for what we do here in terms of entertainment”.

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