New car for band leader
A CAR HAS been added to the list of prizes the Festival Designer of the Year will receive at the end of Crop Over 2017.
This addition which will be given to the bandleader who produces outstanding depictions in Grand Kadooment and Junior Kadooment was announced on Tuesday by vice president of credit at Consolidated Finance Frances Parravicino.
During a press conference at McEnearney Quality Inc’s (MQI) Wildey St Michael headquarters, the brand new fully loaded Mazda Two hatchback which is worth $68,000 was parked adjacent to the other two Mazda vehicles which the winners of the Sweet Soca and Party Monarch competition will receive.
The event attended by several band leaders, representatives of the National Cultural Foundation including Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley who expressed satisfaction by the private company.
The vehicle comes after years of agitation by band leaders who wanted the prize monies for the top band to be increased.
Many of them including band leader Gwyneth Squires and head of the Barbados Association of Masqueraders Chetwyn Stewart welcomed the prize. (TG)