PHOTOS: Sunday's best for Parliament Opening
The conditions for the opening of Barbados’ Parliament proved favourable with clear blue skies and warm sunshine beaming down from above. Those who turned out in their numbers proved they clearly understood the mandatory regality dress code.
The first person who Loop News spotted was popular show guy ‘Big Red’, who is known for his colourful tuxedos on Christmas morning in the park. Big Red this time swept the streets with his bell bottomed turquoise tuxedo and sharp red tie.
Around 8:50 the crowd of predominantly Barbados Labour Party supporters, for obvious reasons, grew marginally in number as others strolled in with flags. Pink, which seemed a popular colour for the morning, was found on invitee Vilma Bradshaw who wore a flowing over the shoulder, fuchsia, close fitting dress. Hats which were also a popular choice came in all shapes and sizes feathered and tasselled. Bradshaw, who chose to go without one, completed her glamorous look with pointed silver shoes and bags.
The youth also showed out from the League of Young Socialists; Meshach Thornhill for one, the son of popular retired sports journalist Andy Thornhill, was fine to form with a modern styled tuxedo; ultramarine and brown in colour, decked in shades and a high top. Also spotted was television personality and business woman, Toni Thorne who was evidently a hit with the crowds who kept her a solid 10 minutes or so in conversation. Of course she was supporting her father and Attorney at Law, Ralph Thorne who also had some supporters behind the barricades shouting his name.
Rohsanna Trimm of the Barbados National Youth Parliament was a beauty in her bright purple lipstick and flowing orange dress. Appearing quite refined was Minister of Agriculture, Indar Weir and his very beautiful daughter and business woman, Nakita Weir. Nakita most certainly served face in her shimmery and emerald turtlenecked dress.
Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Wilfred Abrahams was accompanied by his wife Natalie Abrahams. Natalie, who is known in some circles as a model, was most certainly in her element with her grey plaid dress ornamented with red jewelry. It was definitely a morning deserving of a red carpet.
The family of Prime Minister Mia Mottley were a quiet ensemble and she was accompanied by her mother, Amor Mottley, father and sister, Elliott and Elana Mottley-Harris who entered by foot. The Prime Minister arrived by ride and was beautiful in her cool blue dress with silver trimmings.
Dame Sandra Mason, who inspected the dozens of troupes, was her usual regal self in a neat chapel hat and mid length baby yellow dress. There was also a mounted troupe and drum squad present. Leader of the Opposition, Bishop Joseph Atherley arrived quietly with little to no response from the crowd which by then had grown in number.