The Ministry of Tourism’s Goombay Summer Festival was the first event to take place on July 7, 2017 at BAIC Park during The Bahamas’ 44th Independence weekend festivities.
Approximately twenty people, including the Vice-Chairman Binoy Bernan, met early afternoon with the intention to split into two groups: one leaving from the Traffic Light, and one leaving from Murphy Town, aiming to join together at Brown’s Bay in Dundas Town.
Thousands of visitors and locals lined the sides of Don MacKay Blvd to witness the display of beautiful colours and dancing and feel the rhythm on February 25 as the annual ‘Love Rush’ Junkanoo parade paid homage to recently departed Agatha “Aggie” Curry of Spring City.
The theme for this year’s Green Turtle Cay Junkanoo Parade was Birds of Paradise: a name evoking a vision of bright, vivid colours. A large crowd of spectators were treated to the vibrant display as they witnessed the Li’l Island Slammers’ annual Junkanoo Parade which took place on January 2, 2017.
Approximately twenty Government Officials, among them the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis, who is also the Minister of Works, and the Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture, the Hon. Daniel Johnson, arrived on Abaco from Nassau the morning of September 16.
When the smoke cleared and the drums and cowbells faded away into the early morning hours it was clear the All Abaco Junkanoo Committee had a tough decision ahead in selecting the winners of the Senior Love Rush Junkanoo Competition for 2016.
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.
In the Roman Empire’s waning years, when its citizens could not afford bread, its leaders chose to appease and pacify the masses with the spectacle and sport of the arena. Instead of spending their dwindling coffers on running the empire and making sure its people were fed, the government instead chose to buy and import sand to fill the colosseums.
Overflow parking and back to back ferries on New Year’s Day indicated a record crowd in Green Turtle Cay to enjoy the settlement’s Junkanoo Parade.
The Abaco Central High School Junkanoo group, the Marlins, will travel to Nassau on December 11 to participate in the Junior Junkanoo Parade to be held the following day. Abaco Central High School is the only high school from Abaco to participate.