Barbados
Bajans don’t need much prompting to launch a celebration. Crop Over is the island’s premier festival and began in the 1780s as a celebration of the sugar cane harvesting season’s end. Held between July and August, Crop Over is also akin to a Bajan version of carnival celebrations in Brazil and Trinidad. Full of passionate, island-wide revelry, dancing, colorful costumes, and all sorts of raucous partying, Crop Over is the unquestioned highlight of the Barbados festival calendar. Crop Over ends with the Grand Kadooment, a jaunty parade with bands and dancers adorned in elaborate outfits. For a fun year-round alternative, residents and visitors alike fill the streets of Oistins each Friday night for the the traditional fish fry. A virtual outdoor party, the fish fry takes place along dozens of street stalls and open-air restaurants in this seaside town on Barbados' southern coast. Pulsating dancehall, calypso, soca, and reggae beats thunder from the restaurants and downtown crafts shops featuring works by Bajan artisans.