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Junkanoo Carnival Helps Make it Better in the Bahamas

Destination & Tourism | Bahamas Ministry of Tourism | Lisa Iannucci | March 18, 2016

Junkanoo Carnival Helps Make it Better in the Bahamas

PHOTO: Don’t just "see" Junkanoo – live it! (Courtesy Bahamas Ministry of Tourism)

The Bahamas is known for its warm, tropical weather, its clear ocean water, its white and pink sand, and scenic beauty, but it is also known for their music and culture.

And once a year, the Islands put on a display that shows just how amazing the place and the people are. Visitors and Bahamians alike can dance in the streets and celebrate the heritage and songs of the islands during The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, an annual event that spans two months and two islands. 

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There is so much going on during this party that you can compare it to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Those who want to get their merrymaking on should note that this year’s Grand Bahama Carnival Kick Off is on April 15-16, at Taino Beach, Grand Bahama, and the main event will be held from May 5-7, 2016 at Da Cultural Village in Nassau.

The entire carnival includes a host of events, such as a parade and cultural show, and a Music Masters concert that includes Bahamian and international artists. Multiple stages carry live entertainment, while bands and DJs get the crowds going in the bars, restaurants and nightclubs across the country.

Youth Culture Fest (April 9) is included as well as Junkamania, the concert of Junkanoo orchestras inside Da Cultural Village. At Junkamania, musicians let their imaginations run wild by producing new and exciting sounds by fusing traditional Junkanoo instruments with other instruments.

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Da Cultural Village, which is located against the backdrop of the Nassau Harbour and Junkanoo Beach, and within the grounds of the historic Clifford Park at Fort Charlotte and Arawak Cay, offers non-stop family entertainment, including Rake ‘n’ Scrape and world rhythms, and a variety of food fare from more than 100 vendors, including chicken and fries to hamburgers.

The Music Masters Song Competition is also a key component of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. The semi-final concert will take place at the Grand Bahama Carnival Kick Off, April 15-16, 2016 at Taino Beach, and the finals will take place on the mega stage during the main carnival weekend, May 5-7, 2016 at Da Cultural Village in Nassau.

Closing out the festival is the very popular Junkanoo Carnival’s Road Fever, where participants can enjoy an explosion of street parades, all-star concerts, music, food and a costume parade incorporating a unique mix of live and recorded music.

Travelers who are interested in attending the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival either in April or May can stay at any one of the hotels that are within 15 minutes from the venues or other hotels that are in walking distance to the events. 

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