There will be two starting points for this year’s Republic Bank Grand Kadooment on August 5.
The National Cultural Foundation confirmed the change in a media release today after having discussions with the Barbados Association of Masqueraders and independent masquerade bands, and the Royal Barbados Police Force gave its approval.
As a result, some revellers will start at Warrens, St Michael, and the others at the National Botanical Gardens, Codrington, St Michael. The start time for Warrens is 8:00 a.m. and the group will move off from Codrington 30 minutes later.
From the Warrens starting point, bands will proceed along Green Hill, across Codrington Road to parade in front of the judges and then move onto Station Hill, Bank Hall Cross Road, Eagle Hall to Black Main Road and left at the Frank Worrell Roundabout onto the Mighty Grynner Highway.
From the National Botanical Gardens the bands will parade in front of the judges on Codrington Road and then continue along the usual route mentioned to the Mighty Grynner Highway.
All bands will continue along the left lane of the highway to Holborn where the revellers will enter Kensington Oval for the ReWhine After Party. The vehicles are expected to continue on through Fontabelle or along the Harbour Road.
Earlier in the season NCF CEO, Carol Roberts-Reifer announced a partnership on an After Party with Twisted Entertainment, promising a longer and better experience for the 2019 Republic Bank Grand Kadooment.