As usual, the New Year’s Day Green Turtle Cay Junkanoo Parade was a display of colours, music and good will as residents and visitors joined in the rush going through town.
At 2:30 pm, heralded by children, the Green Turtle Cay Slammers Junkanoo group made their way down hill towards Parliament Street, the colorful feathers of the costumes bobbing in the wind. Girls dressed in pink and white, wearing feathery masks, lead the procession in the front row of the group.
The theme this year was “Carnival,” illustrated by masks. Masks of every shape, colour and size were worn individually or decorated the huge costumes some of the men wore. Nearly all the revelers’ eyes were covered by green, gold or purple masks with dangling feathers or streamers. Cow bells, trumpets and drums completed the show. The musicians played to the tune of “Oh Sam.” A happy atmosphere emanated from the whole parade.
New Plymouth Junkanoo is, as always, an occasion to renew friendships, catch up on old ones and of have a general, jolly good time with food and drinks galore. People walked about eating conch fritters; some mobbed the desserts stall of McIntosh Restaurant; others had gathered in front of Ms. Emily’s Bar, partaking in her famous Goombay Smash. Others still sat at the terrace of the Wrecking Tree, enjoying the breeze and the spectacle.
While the parade continued West on Bay Street on the way back to its starting point, the Gully Roosters’ Band entertained the crowd milling around the basketball court.
Even though, according to the operators of the Green Turtle Cay Ferry, not as many people as usual came from the main island, the crowd lingered on until after dark. Many wanted to enjoy the entertainment of the day until the last possible moment when the fireworks illuminated the sky over the Sound. It was well after 8pm when the last ferry stopped running.