The All Abaco Junkanoo Committee hosted the 2016 Junior and Senior Junkanoo Parades on April 8-9. Although there was a decrease in the number of schools performing, those that did make it out, put on stellar performances.
First in line was Grace Baptist Pre-School representing the primary school division with their theme – Alphabet Train. The tiny performers wore colourful costumes with gigantic letters, musical symbols and trains affixed to the front of them. Female students dressed in bumble bee outfits adding even more character to the school’s theme.
Fox Town Primary School’s Shining Stars came out with their tribute to former principal the late “Mr. Austin Mills – For the Good Times.” Donned in their varying shades of blue clothing, the young performers danced energetically to the music while shaking their blue and white pom poms. One of the highlights of their parade was a young musician, whose rake n’ scrape rhythm could be heard distinctly among the other musical instruments played.
Treasure Cay Primary School presented “Spring into Junkanoo” accentuated by a dazzling hummingbird and flower. The female performers were clad in yellow T-shirts and wore gold or flower decorated headbands. The whistle blowers and drummers brought up the back row of the performers.
Before the high school division was introduced, a dance competition was held among the children to see who had the best dance moves, and was there ever stiff competition as they danced to the music! Food and drink vendors appeased the appetite and thirst of the crowd, while toy booths with flashing toys, bubble guns and assorted treats beckoned to the children.
Abaco Central High (ACH) was the only school to compete in the high school division; however they commanded the audience’s attention with their lively performance and extravagant costumes. Their theme was – “The Most Magical Kingdom on Earth” – in tribute to the late Belinda McIntosh, who is the mother of ACH Music Teacher Jamal McIntosh.
Every Disney Character imaginable came to life in the streets of Abaco during ACH’s performance with Mickey and Minnie Mouse among the children’s favourites. Lindalee Sawyer sat front and center under the banner as The Little Mermaid. There was also a Tinkerbell invasion as many of the performances wore the signature blonde pixie cut and green, elfish costumes.
Final scores were tallied on April 11, and it was announced that Grace Baptist School won for the pre-school division with 2408 points; in the primary school division, Fox Town Primary School won with 2360 points, and Treasure Cay Primary School placed second with 2311 points. ACH was awarded 2843 points, and as the only competitor in the high school category, walked away with the winning title.