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 cover the Bahamas Carnival in Nassau just a few days after my birthday trip to Martinique.
What is Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival?
Celebrating its third year, Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is a week-long celebration incorporating Bahamian culture with the traditional carnival experience. Locals and tourists from all over immerse themselves in all things Bahamian including food, music, art, and other crafts. If you’re a spectator and have never experienced mas in the Bahamas, here are some ways to celebrate Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Weekend.
Learn About Bahamas Junkanoo Culture
While you’re visiting Nassau for Bahamas Carnival, you can learn about the Bahamas and the Junkanoo culture in the many museums around the island. Owned by Quinton “Barabbas” Woodside, the Junkanoo World Museum and Arts Centre gives the history of Bahamas Junkanoo culture and showcases costumes and photos of past festivals. Read about our group’s experience at Junkanoo World Museum from travel and entertainment writer Dyschick.
Attend the Bahamas Carnival Events
Visit Da Cultural Village for events catering to individuals and families. Jam to live music while eating Bahamian delicacies in the food courts. Shuttle buses are available from major hotels or you can take a 10-minute walk from Downtown Nassau. 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 of Bahamas masqueraders and DJ’s at the Road Fever Street Party which concludes the carnival celebration. Much like international carnivals in the Caribbean, there are also a number of night-time fetes (parties) for revelers.
Do Other Activites in Nassau
I always encourage learning about a country’s local culture no matter the destination. The Bahamas is more than white sand beaches and conch fritters. Take a mini-break from Bahamas Carnival to see what Nassau & Paradise Island has to offer. Some activities and excursions around Nassau include a bike tour a with the Warwick Paradise Island‘s Resort, rum tasting at John Watlings Distillery or the Straw Market for hand-made gifts. You can also visit the Atlantis Resort for dining, aquarium, water park fun and more.