Visitors slowly streamed in to Green Turtle Cay from near and far, greeting old friends, meeting new and enjoying the festive atmosphere and food while the Gully Roosters, “The nation’s best band”, entertained them on New Year’s Day, while the main attraction readied themselves.
By midafternoon the sounds of goatskin drums filled the air, and the expectant crowd cheered and danced as the wonderful display of colourful costumes and rhythmic music moved methodically through the roads of New Plymouth.
The Green Turtle Cay Little Island Slammers Junkanoo group, led three very young girls and a float on wheels displaying The Bahamas’ national colors, moved through the historic village of New Plymouth.
The costumes varied in size, displaying in vibrant colours with an abundance of feathers, sequins and more, the creations showed off the immense talent of the Junkanoo artisans.
The rushers themselves ranged from young boys and girls to older men and women who appeared very enthusiastic and delighted 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 goatskin drums, cowbells horns and whistles. The dancers were followed by the band of drummers, horn blowers and cowbell shakers who kept a steady pace for the duration of their slow 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 choice of American and Bahamian foods was on sale throughout town. Whether you were interested in hamburgers or hotdogs, cracked conch or conch fritters, or were just looking for desserts, there was a delicious variety sure to please.
The Green Turtle Cay Ferry service was very active throughout the day and the crowds in the streets indicated a very good turnout for the New Year’s festivities.