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Junkanoo Summer Festival Nassau / Paradise Island

Posted by Caribbean World Magazine on 13 April 2014 | 0 Comments

The Bahamian festival of Junkanoo traditionally takes place over Christmas and New Year. Now, due to its popularity, Junkanoo Summer has been introduced throughout Saturday's July. Blending art, culture and music, local and national entertainers join the Junkanoo groups to parade through the streets. The festival has a rich history and tradition. The influx of Loyalists in the late 18th Century brought many enslaved people who were given three days off at Christmas, which they celebrated by singing and dancing in colourful masks, travelling from house to house, often on stilts. Junkanoo nearly vanished after slavery was abolished but the revival of the festival in The Bahamas provides entertainment for many thousands. This is an annual event.