On Friday, December 28, 2012, Sea Spray Resort and Marina, on Elbow Cay, hosted the Second Annual Junkanoo Parade. The event each year aims to honour the memory of an Abaconian who has made a difference in the community. This year Monty Albury, who in fact founded Sea Spray, was honoured. Monty’s two sons, Bradley and James Albury, were present to receive a plaque and banner in his memory. Sea Spray’s manager, Junior Mernard, and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture- Minister Daniel Johnson – presented the award.
The event was very well attended. Many tourists visiting Abaco made their way to White Sound that evening to watch the Spring City Rockers “rush.” VIP seats were provided to visitors who wanted an unhindered view of the spectacle, as well. Two other Junkanoo groups had agreed to attend the event to compete in the parade, but backed out last minute.
Nevertheless, The Spring City Rockers put on an unforgettable show for many of the first-time visitors, many of whom were caught up with the beating of the drums and cowbell ringing. One notable member of the audience joined the rush itself; Min. Johnson could be seen making his way through the feathered, masked dancers and encouraging the crowd to join in the march.
Some in the crowd commented that seeing these kinds of cultural events is precisely the reason they consistently choose Abaco and the Bahamas to be their vacation destination. “Bahamians being Bahamian,” one noted, “is what makes this place special. It’s authentic.”
The Rockers made an encore rush later that evening to the delight of the crowd.
Many who came from mainland Abaco came by way of Albury’s Ferry, who was running a special for the evening. When midnight came, and the final boats were ready to return to marsh Harbour, few were ready to depart as the beating of the goat skin drums could still be heard while those lucky enough to stay in Hope Town continued to enjoy the revelry.