Bahamas Junkanoo, the country’s premier festival, won the 2014 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award in the category of ‘Best Caribbean Celebration’. The contest ran four weeks where USA Today and 10Best readers voted for their 10 preferred celebrations in the Caribbean.
“The iconic Bahamas street parade known as Junkanoo has uncertain origins, but there’s no doubt it was a favorite with our readers, who voted it to a comfortable first place finish,” stated Chelle Koster Walton of USA Today.
Winning first place, clearly, the Bahamas Junkanoo was the people’s choice of celebration in the Caribbean as it surpassed Trinidad’s Carnival the best-known Carnival celebration in this hemisphere that received second place.
This historic cultural expression of Bahamian art was passed down from generation to generation. The Junkanoo street parade takes place on Boxing Day, New Years Day and sometimes in the summer that involves rhythmic music coming from goatskin drums, horns, cow bells and whistles while troops of dancers shake their hips stepping through the streets to the music in elaborate costumes.
Recently, Junkanoo Summer Festival got underway in downtown Nassau. The four-week competition focuses on different aspects of Junkanoo that include the music, dance choreograph and costume design.
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