Rowdy behaviour ‘won’t be tolerated’
The Royal Barbados Police Force will not be sparing revellers who can’t control themselves during Crop Over’s two street parades.
Inspector Bruce Rowe, the officer in charge of the security for the festival, warned that anyone encroaching on bands during tomorrow morning’s Foreday Morning Jam or Kadooment Day would feel the full weight of the law.
Rowe said that over the years intruders had been simply removed if they tried to jump with bands illegally, but no such behaviour would be tolerated over the final days of the festival.
“We will not be accepting any encroachment of bands whatsoever,” Rowe told the WEEKEND NATION yesterday.
“There is a law in place regarding that action, and the fine if convicted, is $5 000 with an alternative of six months imprisonment. If we catch any persons encroaching in bands in which they are not registered, they will be prosecuted.”
Rowe said that enforcing the rarely used law would ensure that masqueraders who had paid their money to revel were allowed to do so peacefully.