Junkanoo Festival (throughout Bahamas) –– Junkanoo Summer Festival is an official Bahamian festivity that showcases the country’s culture and heritage at its best. Whether you visit Nassau or festival sites in Grand Bahama, Marsh Harbour, Abaco or Georgetown, Exuma during the months of June and July, you will enjoy an enriching cultural experience.
The Bahamian street festival of Junkanoo traditionally takes place over Christmas and New Year. However, due to popular demand, Junkanoo Summer has been introduced throughout June and July. Blending art, culture and music, local and national entertainers join the Junkanoo groups to parade through the streets. Our summer festival is not complete if you have experienced a Junkanoo Rush-Out. Whether it’s the children’s rush or the big parade, you will be treated to an incredible splash of colorful splendor in costuming and the rhythmic blending of the sounds of goatskin drums, cowbells and bugles and whistles. Jump in, enjoy the beat, feel the rush and have some fun.
The “Junkanoo” name is said to have come from the French word “L”Inconnu” (which means “the unknown”) – referring to the secret identities of revelers wearing carnival masks. The colorful costumes typically worn by revelers may trace their roots to the Yoruba Egungun religious festivities in Nigeria. In popular media, this event has been seen in the 1960s James Bond film Thunderball, as well as in the Hollywood film Jaws: The Revenge.