(CMC) Caribbean people can party with former West Indies captain Brian Lara not once but twice this Crop Over season in Barbados.
Now that the little Trinidadian is semi-retired he can concentrate more on playing mas.
For the third year running, the superstar will be throwing his signature Crop Over all-inclusive event at his 18-acre estate Ebworth Plantation in St Peter.
Normally, the $200-per-head fete had international artistes performing on the same night that thousands of Barbadians and tourists would be heading to the National Stadium for Cohobblopot. However, this year Lara has revealed that he will essentially be having two parties.
First, the annual Crop Over Party will start at 2pm and run until 10pm on the Saturday before Kadooment on August 2.
Lara will also be having a special VIP section at the re-branded Cockspur Red Hot Cohobblopot the following night.
Patrons will pay $175, inclusive of food and drink to party in fine style in a choice location close to the stage, compared to $50 for other stands.
The switch to daytime should enhance the party, Lara said. ‘I feel that these beautiful 18-acres you are seeing here, people would have a better appreciation for it if they could see it during the daytime and at sunset. Also at 10, 11pm when they are travelling back home, I think they may feel safer and I think this raises the profile of the event.
Of the Cockspur Red Hot Cohobblopot Lara stated that he believes that through working with the National Cultural Foundation, ‘we can ensure that there is a product that could very well become a national event. To have Machel Montano and myself, I think is a step in that direction’.
Lara added that the Crop Over Party and his all-inclusive Carnival party are part of the efforts of his company to raise funds for young aspiring athletes throughout the Caribbean.
The company, Lay Management Group, is the joint effort of Lara and Trinidadian-born footballer, Dwight Yorke.
Lara said: ‘We hope to aid aspiring athletes throughout the Caribbean, who are at an age where they have not made a name for themselves but are at a point in their development where financial and other assistance is necessary to bring their latent talent to the fore.’
He also revealed that through proceeds from the Crop Over party, Lay Management has been able to make ‘small contributions of $10,000 each’ to the Council of the Disabled and the National HIV/AIDS Commission. Additionally, through working with Cable and Wireless and their Connect Barbados Project, the company has given computers and high-speed internet access to a children’s hospital.