May 7, 2012
On the last night of our trip to the Bahamas, we were treated to a Junkanoo show. It was glorious, fun, and exciting. This is a shot of one of the entertainers in costume, there will be more to come in the future.
According to Wikipedia, the Junkanoo tradition is "a street parade with music, which occurs in many towns across The Bahamas, Jamaica, and The Turks and Caicos Islands every Boxing Day (December 26), New Year's Day and, more recently, in the summer on the island of Grand Bahama. The origin of the word Junkanoo is rather obscure. Some people believe it comes from the French "L'inconnu", which means, "the unknown", in reference to the masks worn by the paraders. Others believe it comes from "junk enoo", the Scottish settlers' reference to the parades, meaning "junk enough"; or "John Canoe," the name of an African tribal chief who, in the 17th century, demanded the right to celebrate with his people even after being brought to the West Indies in slavery."
The instruments for the Junkanoo celebration includes drums, horns, cowbells and scrapers. The costumes are intricate and elaborate and beautiful. This event was wonderful and we were very honored to have been able to experience it first hand.
Have a carefree and "junk free" sort of day today my friends!