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The streets of Speightstown, St. Peter was transformed into the largest street parade for the 2019 First Citizens Crop Over Launch and Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes on Saturday, June 8.

The event officially signalled the start of the Crop Over festivities and those heading north for the blessing of the canes can expect to see a number of exciting elements including the annual parade, the traditional blessing and a folk and soca infused party.

Aa dramatized water ritual was recorded for later viewing, but all the other aspects of the event was streamed live for the first time this year, starting at 3:00 p.m.

The parade featured participants from almost every school in the north and a cross-section of community groups on the island, performing cultural displays such as the traditional Maypole and Landship dances.

Along with the presentation of the usual traditional characters in colourful costumes such as the shaggy bears, stilt walkers and the mother sally, traditional and modern Tuk bands were present at the launch, as well as a drumming presentation from the Israel Lovell Foundation and more.

The parade route began at Queen Street and made its way across Major Walk to the Speightstown playing field where the official Opening Ceremony and the annual blessing of the canes took place.

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