The Gully Roosters (a local band) entertained festive crowds as hundreds of Bahamians and visitors waited for the Junkanoo parade to commence on New Years’ Day in Green Turtle Cay.
At about 3pm the sounds of goat skin drums filled the air and the expectant crowd cheered and danced, with some joining in the throng, as a wonderful display of colorful costumes and rhythmic music moved methodically through the roads of New Plymouth.
The Green Turtle Cay Little Island Slammers Junkanoo group displayed an Arabian theme of including an impressive “Scorpion King” costume which captivated the crowd along with the hypnotic Junkanoo beats.
The costumes, varying in size displayed vivid colors while the rushers, who ranged from young boys and girls to older men and women, appeared very enthusiastic and pleased to be rushing in the parade.
As the group moved forward the dancers came into view, making their way down the streets as people joined in, dancing to the pulsating sounds of the goat skin drums, cowbells, horns and whistles. The dancers were followed by the band of drummers, horn blowers and cow-bell shakers who kept a steady pace for the duration of their long trek around the settlement of New Plymouth.
Young and old alike enjoyed the sights and sounds, as people continued to have a good time dancing, eating and drinking.
The streets were full of activity as many people visited shops, vendors and restaurants to buy a variety of treats. A variety of American and Bahamian foods were on sale throughout town. Whether you were interested in hamburgers and hotdogs, or cracked conch or conch fritters or were just looking for desserts, there was a delicious variety sure to please.
The festival continued into the evening as people celebrated in anticipation of the beginning of a new year. The day was filled with families, festivities, food and fun as many were delighted with the day’s celebration.