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Road march

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Road march

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THE FEET of 40 000 local and visiting revellers will hit the streets from Warrens to Spring Garden for the climax of Crop Over 2013 today.
With expected partly cloudy weather conditions predicted by the Meteorological Office at Grantley Adams International Airport, some 20 000 plus revellers in 29 bands, including the unregistered HIV-AIDS Commission and Roberts Manufacturing bands, which will be open to the general public, will play mas’ in humid conditions.
Most bands, however, will be registered with the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) and will parade in formal sections wearing beads, feathers and a colourful array of accessories.
Today, being Grand Kadooment Day and a public holiday, should also attract close to 20 000 spectators along the route as the season’s “las’ lap” swings into gear from 8 a.m. at Supercentre Supermarket’s car park in Warrens, St Michael.
This annual parade, where masquerade bands are judged at strategic points, will not only be a dazzling display of costumes and flesh, but will be the final Crop Over forum in which music – namely the Tune-of-the-Crop, commonly known as the Road March – will be judged.  (RJ)