A distinctively Bahamian cultural experience, comprising music, marching bands, huge colourful costumes and dancing, Junkanoo is celebrated at several points throughout the year.
Music is one of the most important parts of Junkanoo; the rhythmic sounds of goatskin drums, cowbells and whistles, accompanied by a separate brass section, create an infectious beat that’s too strong for many to resist. The elaborate costumes are works of art - handcrafted out of crepe paper in a rainbow of vibrant colours, which are a delight to the eye. Usually consisting of a headdress, shoulder piece and skirt, group members make their own costumes, which can take up to a year to complete.
The original Junkanoo Festival is held on Boxing Day and New Year's Day on every island, with the annual Junkanoo Carnival in spring on Nassau, Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island, and also the Junkanoo Summer in July and August on Nassau & Paradise Island.