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Video: Rains hampering Botanical Gardens setup for first Soca Monarch

NCF Supervisor overseeing and directing backstage work.

NCF Supervisor overseeing and directing backstage work.

All efforts are on to have the Botanical Gardens venue ready for the first-ever Soca Monarch competition to be held on Sunday, July 28.

Word of this came from the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) Supervisor Whitfield Goddard today, Thursday, July 25, 2019.


He and a team of workers were busy as they hampered, smoother, barricaded and assembled decking and gating to secure the event and prepare tent locations as well as the dome for the big Soca Monarch stage.

Goddard told Loop News:

"We're behind time because of weather. The weather got we pushed right back."

However he said that all systems are go to make sure that it's all set by 11:00 am, Sunday, July 28, when the event is scheduled to start.

The entrance for backstage will be opposite The Combermere School in Waterford, St. Michael, while the general access entrance for the patrons will be the Botanical Garden entrance by the National Conservation Commission (NCC), across from the Lumber Company.

Some persons are concerned about the capacity at the new location for this event, but Goddard assured it can hold many persons. Prior to this year, Barbados' National Cultural Foundation hosted the Soca Royale which comprised the Party Monarch and the Sweet Soca Monarch competitions. This year, the two competitions have been merged to form the Soca Monarch competition.

The defending Party Monarch Mikey and Sweet Soca Monarch Lil Rick automatically qualified for the 2019 Soca Monarch.

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