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Bahamas Junkanoo

Listed under Festivals in Nassau, Bahamas.

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Junkanoo is a Bahamian celebration that occurs the 26 December and the 1st of January in the form of amazing parades. Though the exact origins of this festival are hotly contested, it has always been a showcase of dance, music and art, rooted in the days of slavery with the sounds and movements which are is distinctly African in nature.

Throughout the centuries the parades have evolved, with groups of dancer and musicians today competing for the grand prize. The event requires an early rise, running from two until nine in the morning, with the sound of drummers, horns, whistles, cowbells and more creating a cacophony of noise and colour that would be impossible to sleep through.

The largest and busiest Junkanoo is held in Nassau, where spectators line Bay Street and the surrounding area, although most of the other major islands will hold their own celebration.

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Written by  Amber Due.

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