Official in Grand Bahama are gearing up to kick off Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival with a number of exciting events beginning on April 17-18. (Ministry of Tourism photo)
Beach activities coordinator for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Shorrell Dames says Grand Bahama is ready to pave the road to Nassau as
exciting and creative activities are planned to bring in the electrifying
“Specifically in Grand Bahama, we are looking forward to culture,
music and community. It’s a fun, family, friend-filled event with so many
things to do,” she said recently.
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival begins in Grand Bahama on April 17 with
an exhilarating Semi-Finals Music Masters Concert, where 19 artists will square
off for the chance to be a part of the finale concert in Nassau on May 8.
The winner of the finale concert will take home $20,000.
On April 18, the celebration will continue with a Midnight Rush
concert on Taino Beach.
But this party starts before sunrise.
“We don’t let you sleep. The party starts at 6:30 a.m. We have
fitness experts from all over Grand Bahama. We even have the inclusion of
spinning classes. We just want to have some positive vibes on the grand life
and after that we are looking to start our Beach Olympics and an obstacle
course,” Ms. Dames said.
“We want to really to focus on the fact that everything is
cultural and made by Bahamians. The obstacle course is constructed by someone
on the island.”
Corporate Bahamas and civil servants are fully on board with the
cultural obstacle course.
The winners of the obstacle course and other tournaments will
receive medals and trophies respectively.
“Anyone who wants to be involved can be a part of this event.
Along with that, we have Kiddie Land. Parents can come out and enjoy
tournaments like pool, dominoes and backgammon and while that is going on your
kids can come out and there will be volunteers with them and they can enjoy
something like face painting, balloon animals and a fashion show for the kids.
It is something for everyone to do,” Ms. Dames said.
“So like I said it is a fun filled event. It’s going to be fun. We
can’t wait. It’s almost like Christmas in the summer with the spirit of Bahamas
Junkanoo Carnival. Everyone is just in awe and just waiting to see what will
“I want to invite everyone throughout The Bahamas from Bimini to
Ragged Island, Nassau to Abaco – come and experience the grand life with us.
Many times we would say that Freeport is the magic city but we want to awaken
that magic. We want to awaken the vibe and spirit that Freeport has within
itself. Everyone is welcomed to come and join in the spirit of Bahamas Junkanoo
While the Beach Olympics activities are free of charge, the cost
for the Music Masters and Midnight Rush parties is $20 for all access passes.
two-day event is the jump off to the main Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Event in
New Providence, which will be held on May 7-9.