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Fans Vote on 2018 Boxing Day and the 2019 New Year’s Parade
By National Junkanoo Committee & MobileAssist
Jan 4, 2019 - 12:49:44 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas -- The  National Junkanoo Committee & MobileAssist have announced the winners of this year’s Junkanoo Fan Voting for the recent Boxing Day 2018 Parade and New Years 2019 Parade. In 2018, the National Junkanoo Committee (NJC) introduced the annual NJC-MobileAssist Viewers Choice Award, an award that is determined by allowing fans to vote for their favorite Junkanoo group in the MobileAssist app. Kishlane O’Brien and Dr. Dwight Marshall (Co-Chairpersons of the National Junkanoo Committee) wanted to find a way to give Junkanoo fans a voice and a chance to participate in their very own voting process and the MobileAssist App was the answer.

This year, NJC and MobileAssist were able to conduct the fan voting for the 2018 Boxing Day and the 2019 New Year’s Parade.  The Junkanoo groups were scored by fans from the following categories:  Best Music, Best Bellers, Best Costume, and Best Performance. "We are excited to announce that the 2018 Boxing Day NJC- MobileAssist Viewers Choice Award winner for Category A is none other than the Valley Boys with a total of 203 points, followed by Saxons (2nd) and One Family (3rd). The Category B winner is the beautiful Colours Entertainment with a total gain of 88 points, followed by Fancy Dancers (2nd) and Conquerors for Christ (3rd)."

The 2019 New Year’s fan voting winners are as follows: Category A -  Winner Valley Boys with a total of 137 points, followed by Saxons (2nd) and One Family (3rd). Category B – Winner Colours Entertainment, followed by Fancy Dancers and Conquerors for Christ.  Grand Bahama – Swingers with a total of 171 points, followed by Super Star Rockers (2nd) and Platinum Knights (3rd). "A HUGE congratulations to our winners as we continue to let the fan crowd’s input be recognized. The fans have spoken and the MobileAssist app made the voting process that much simpler for current and future votings."

The NJC and MobileAssist plan to make the Viewer’s Choice Award a standard for all Junkanoo parades in New Providence, Grand Bahama, as well as the other Family Islands, because it gives fans the opportunity to let their voices be heard when it comes to evaluating best performance and presentation during the Junkanoo parade. The next upcoming Junkanoo Fan Vote with MobileAssist is for Junior Junkanoo at the end of January 2019.



2019 New Year’s Day Fan Voting Results





The MobileAssist app allows fans to vote in an integrated, interactive platform that can revolutionize how winners of the respective parades are ultimately determined. The National Junkanoo Committee and MobileAssist are proud to present this fan-based award to help continue to strengthen the Junkanoo brand and fan participation for many years to come.

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