Something was happening over the weekend in Broad Street, The City, and a great deal of observers were readily available to soak up the motion.
It was the victory motorcade of the Pic-O-De-Crop Monarch Dequon “Quon” Alleyne and Tune of the Crop winner Bruce “Brucelee Almightee” Robinson, each of whom hail from the C.O. Williams House of Soca calypso tent.
About ten vehicles, decorated with balloons and blaring among the hottest music of the just concluded Crop Over shuttled family, friends and tent mates from the National Cultural Foundation’s headquarters at West Terrace, St. James, through Eagle Hall,St. Michael and took a fast stop in The City.
Here, those that braved the mid-day heat were thoroughly satisfied as Quon entertained along with his winning calypso Animal Kingdom and Brucelee treated onlookers to his popular Mauby. Dancin’ Africa added to the entertainment, and so too did an old-time mauby lady who gave away free bottles of Rose & Laflamme mauby, mauby rum from Mount Gay and far more snacks and treats from other sponsors.
Quon and Brucelee also took time to sign autographs and take photographs with their adoring fans. Tent manager Sharon Carew-White explained that it was a day to specific gratitude to patrons, sponsors and the entire of Barbados that supported the tent through the season.
“We even saw the president [Dame Sandra Mason] she got here out on her patio when the motorcade passed through Government Hill. She was waving and having fun with the sounds of House of Soca. So, it was an awesome feeling and a pleasant time. It was nice to see the complete young team of the House of Soca come out, and support: Mole, Coopa Dan, SugahRhe, Sir Ruel, Jamoo, Ranaan, and Jimmy Dan all got here out and were capable of offer contributions of their songs to present it that energy,” Carew-White said.
The motorcade also made stops in Brucelee’s hometown of Carrington Village, St. Michael and Quon’s a brief distance away within the Ivy, where a temporary drizzle cooled things down a bit but was not enough to stop the show before it culminated at Sky Mall. (KC)