Henry Higgins, the recently appointed Director of Junior Junkanoo at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, attended the Abaco Junkanoo Love Rush Parade held on February 21-22.
Mr. Higgins took office in September of 2013 replacing Mr. Francis who retired. A former member of the Saxons and present leader of the Conquest of Christ, a B category group, Mr. Higgins is in charge of dispersing the seed money and of making sure that parades come to the family Islands. He also has the responsibility of providing workshops and sending people to set-up the workshops.
He explained that this year there will be a Workshop Summer Program for interested schools in the Family Islands. Schools will have to indicate their intention to participate, through the intermediary of the representative of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture on Abaco, Mr. Ishmael Morley.
Workshops will include the demonstration of costume making as well as of dance and music performances taught by members of the National Junkanoo Committee.
Commenting on the Junior parade held on February 21, Mr. Higgins was impressed by the costumes, saying that they were “beyond expectations.” He also appreciated the crowd’s participation.
“I liked the parade,” he commented; “there is room for improvement, but it ran smoothly.”