The 2014 First Citizens Bridgetown by Night Heritage Walk, which took place on July 20, has been described by all parties involved as a successful heritage aspect to the Crop Over season. The guided heritage tour drew approximately 600 participants who were treated to fun facts and dramatic portrayals of important events in Bridgetown’s history. These re-enactments included appearances by actors and actresses portraying well-known characters like King Dyal and Rachel Pringle, and re-enactments of the Bridgetown riots, the slave trade and the proclamation of emancipation.
Glyne Harrison, CEO of First Citizens Bank (Barbados) Ltd. indicated that the Bank was “extremely pleased” to be associated with the event once again. He further stated that “It is very important that during the Crop Over festivities, we remember to pay tribute to our cultural heritage and the events that helped to shape the modern-day version of our capital city and our country”. Mr. Harrison also noted that the cultural industries are a vital component of Barbados’ economy, and indicated that First Citizens is fully committed to developing strong relationships in the sector in order to assist with its further development.
This is the third consecutive year that the First Citizens brand has been associated with the Bridgetown by Night event. 2013 was the first year that First Citizens Bank was the title sponsor of the inaugural Bridgetown by Night tour.