Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Grand Bahama Set For Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Kick Off Weekend
By Inderia Saunder, Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Apr 15, 2015 - 12:23:38 PM


FREEPORT, Bahamas – Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival (BJC) fever is in the air and all systems are go as Grand Bahama makes ready for the biggest non-stop cultural kickoff party the island has ever seen set for this weekend on Taino Beach.

“This Grand Bahama weekend is the official start to the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2015 season,” said Roscoe Dames, C.E.O of the Bahamas National Festival Commission. “The island’s attractions and culture will be displayed on a never-before-seen platform, highlighting all things Bahamian in a manner that everyone in The Bahamas can be proud of.”

The BJC committee met at Worker’s House in Grand Bahama over the weekend with team leaders and their workers, vendors, volunteers, Junkanoos,fitness instructors,artists,DJs and local performers to finalize plans for the Taino Beach site, which is being transformed into a Cultural Village.

Presently, organizers are working hand in hand with the Ministry for Grand Bahama, Ministry of Tourism, Royal Bahamas Police Force, Grand Bahama Health Services, various security companies and corporate Grand Bahama to ensure the event’s success.
Ginger Moxey, BNFC consultant, thanked all in attendance for believing in Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and coming on board for the signature event.

Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville told the large gathering that Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is for everyone, as the first ever event is anticipated to cause an injection that will have a “trickle-down effect” on the economy- from hotel rooms, to local restaurants and other businesses in the tourism sector.

“It’s bigger than politics. It’s about us in Grand Bahama working together with a unified force to turn the economy around,” he said. “It’s not a one-shot deal, this is something that is going to happen year round. Everyone is going to get a little piece of this.”

Rand Memorial Hospital Administrator Sharon Williams, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour and BJC Logistics Manager George Smith also addressed the gathering on Sunday and assured that they have pooled their resources to ensure that their teams are ready for any eventuality this weekend.

The local media was also called to a briefing on Monday where they were informed of the Press Area that will be made available for them and their international counterparts, equipped with telephone and wifi capabilities.

Meanwhile, production teams are still busy at work at the downtown Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Company Office creating the costumes for the showdown on Friday, April 17th and Saturday, April 18th and at Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Road Fever in New Providence in May.
Gates open at the Cultural Village at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and the stage is set for a marathon two-day party, inclusive of all things Bahamian, from authentic foods, drinks and craft to an All-Star Bahamian studded show that will showcase 17 Bahamian artists in the Music Masters Semi-Finals BJC song competition.

The contestants, which include Grand Bahama’s Terrell Tynes-Wilson and Georgina Ward-Rigby, will perform their original songs on one stage over the two nights. There will also be performances from Jay Mitchell, the legendary T-Connection, along with a DJ Showcase, dance group dance off, Midnight Rush, workout sessions, game tournaments, a Kiddie Land, Junkanoo Rush out, fireworks and Beach Olympics.

Proceeds from the Beach Olympics will go to Special Olympics of Grand Bahama. Tickets are on sale at Gizmos & Gadgets, downtown, Intercity Records in Port Lucaya and HVSOS Neighborhood in Eight Mile Rock.
For information on the all-access weekend pass call 602.5117.

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