There’s always a uniqueness to every city and country that hosts Carnival. Needless to say, I was extremely excited to be invited by Bahamas Tourism to this year’s Junkanoo Carnival Weekend in Nassau. Celebrating its third year the Junkanoo Carnival is a celebration of the Bahamian culture and heritage. If you’ve never experienced mas in the Bahamas, here are some ways to celebrate Junkanoo Carnival Weekend.
Learn About the Junkanoo Culture
I always encourage learning about a country’s customs no matter the destination. The Bahamas is more than white sand beaches and conch fritters; learn about the culture in the many museums around the island. Owned by Quinton “Barabbas” Woodside, the Junkanoo World Museum and Arts Centre gives the history of Junkanoo culture and showcases costumes and photos of past festivals. Read more about our group’s experience at Junkanoo World Museum on DysChick‘s blog.
Attend the Carnival’s Events
Visit Da Cultural Village for events catering to individuals and families. Jam to live music, witness straw weaving first hand and enjoy local Bahamian delicacies in the food courts. Shuttle buses are available from major hotels or you can take a 10-minute walk from Downtown Nassau. Much like international carnivals, there are also a number of night-time fetes. Junkamania kicks off the carnival celebration, showcasing the mas of local bands. Hear local and international artists perform at the Music Masters Concert and Competition. View the Parade of the Bands with masqueraders and DJ’s at the Road Fever Street Party which concludes the carnival celebration. With permission, we danced with Barabbas Carnival Tribe’s band while capturing moments of the parade.
Do Other Activites in Nassau
Take a mini break from the carnival and see what Nassau has to offer. Some activities and excursions around Nassau include a bike tour with the Warwick Paradise Island‘s Resort, rum tasting at John Watlings Distillery and water park or aquarium fun at Atlantis. Don’t forget to visit the Straw Market for hand-made gifts for friends and family.
What are some other ways to celebrate Carnival weekend?