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Junkanoo Community on Grand Bahama pay tribute to Motorboat Ferguson with help from BTC
By Bahamas Telecommunications Company
Jan 3, 2018 - 5:00:09 PM

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Back on board: BTC's Vice President of Customer Experience Eldri Ferguson-Mackey joined members of the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee to announce BTC's support and sponsorship of this year's New Year's Day Parade. (Photo BTC )

FREEPORT, Bahamas – The streets of Grand Bahama Island erupted with the sounds of the drums, horns and the shuffle of hundreds of dancing feet as the various Junkanoo groups turned out in their numbers for the annual New Year’s Day Parade, which is the highlight of the holiday season.

This year’s parade, however, was sadly marred by the loss of one of Grand Bahama’s Junkanoo giants in the person Ken ‘Motorboat’ Ferguson who passed away in late 2017 making the event a bittersweet celebration of his life and of Bahamian culture.

Like ‘Motorboat’, BTC has worked to make sure that the art of Junkanoo has grown and become the epitome of showmanship and performance that we have come to expect and love in our annual parades.

“Sadly, this year we lost ‘Motorboat’, he was himself an amazing talent and proved his commitment to the development of Junkanoo in Grand Bahama time and time again” said VP of Customer Experience Eldri Ferguson-Mackey.  “So, this year the parade was to honour his memory and his legacy in this wonderful expression of Bahamian Culture.”

In the Shack: 'Shack Rats' received a visit from members of team BTC including VP of Customer Experience Eldri Ferguson as they completed last minute touch ups to their costumes ahead of the Big Parade! (Photo BTC)

For many years BTC has been the primary sponsor of the annual New Year’s Junkanoo parade on Grand Bahama, and this fifth non-consecutive year was no exception. BTC provided thousands in financial funding to the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee –which were used to support numerous groups including Swingers, Classic Dancers, Showtime Superstar Rockers and Kingdom Culture.  BTC also provided Fiber capabilities for live streaming which gave thousands of Bahamians access to the parade via their smart devices.

 “As our premier event for cultural expression Junkanoo is a staple of the season,” said Ferguson. “Giving Bahamians an opportunity to showcase their immense talent and cultural pride.”

Visit  BTC ‘s Facebook or website pages to see photos and video of the fun filled night of culture and more.

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