With a controversial decision our annual Junkanoo Parade (the unique & incomparable local Bahamian version of Carnival) was delayed 24 hours due to threatening rain that night? An evening which remained calm, clear & warm! Bahamians still gathered in their thousands to line the two main thoroughfares of Nassau at an earlier time of 6pm for the start of the long evening of festivity. We made way to the 'staging area' where open bonfires are used to heat and tighten the goatskin drums used in the various groups competing this evening. (*NB: if you see a photo you admire, by all means click on to see an enlarged version to be dragged on to your desktop to keep!)
The side streets begin to fill with parade participants, costumes laid carefully on the walkways to be worn as the various groups assemble for their long, slow march down Shirley Street and on to the main thoroughfare of Bay Street. It is time to 'refuel' with some welcome warm food found in the stalls around the staging area.
Junkanoo artists have evolved an incredible distance from my early boyhood parades of the 1960s. Now our artists don makeup to compliment the really extravagant and incredibly sophisticated costumes. This year the standard of excellence is 'off the charts' and our congratulations to all the Junkanoo participants!
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