02/20 JUNKANOO SPECIAL
of 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and thru 02/20/2010 (DAYTIME) have been published on
the website. We continue with the
latest edition featuring the 2010 JUNKANOO event.
2010 #05 02/20/10 JUNKANOO SPECIAL
At last update,
we were in Boat Harbour in beautiful Marsh Harbour, Abacos.
Welcome to the Junkanoo 2010 …
SATURDAY MARSH HARBOUR,
JUNKANOO has long been one of my favorite events in the Bahamas.
Unfortunately, I was not feeling very well and decided it would be best
for me to forego this wonderful event this evening.
Judy joined a group of dock neighbors to brave the chilly weather and
experience the entire splendor firsthand. I
think she has done an excellent job of capturing the essence for this photo
journal. I firmly believe that you
will enjoy it too. Thanks, Judy,
for bringing it back to me.
The name "Junkanoo" probably originated from an African slave
master and trader named, "John Canoe" in the 17th century.
The uniquely Bahamian celebration was traditionally held on Boxing Day
(Dec 26) and on New Years Day. Here
in Abacos, the main competative event occurs in late February.
Dedicated groups work all year on their individual themes and elaborate
costuming. The celebration has
evolved into a major event for Marsh Harbour.
Large groups from Spring City, Treasure Cay, Hopetown, and Green Turtle
Cay represent the Abacos. Each
parade passage is called a “rush”. Drums
made from tightly stretched animal skins are made here in the islands of the
Bahamas. To attain the desired degree of tautness, the percussionists
heat the skins by an open fire before the “rush”.
At the assembly point, the decorative costumes await the performers prior
to the “rush”.
Each year, the competition escalates and the groups respond aggressively
for the top honors.
Each year, the costumes are completely different.
Last year, this gal was stunningly dressed with flags and symbols
representative of Canada. This
year, her outfit is even more spectacular.
I you would like to compare the events of other years, you can refer to
the AMARSE Update sections for those years.
It is amazing to see the changes in the participants too.
This young gal has grown up significantly in the past few years.
It becomes obvious from this picture that it was quite cool for the
spectators. There perseverance was
well rewarded by the magnificence of this year’s event.
For each “rush”, the theme float usually leads the procession.
This year, the complexity and artistic input yielded spectacular results.
Since Judy’s photographs represent the essence of this year’s parade
so well, I will not comment too much and allow you more time to just enjoy the
colorful, active nature of her photojournalism.
Once again, I want to thank Judy for the excellent series of photographs
of the Junkanoo rushes. She braved
the cold, along with several others, to bring us this review.
Of course, I wish I could have been there too.
We know that many were unable to attend or opted to leave earlier for one
reason or another. Judy persevered
until about 1am before making the long walk home to the marina.
Thanks, thanks, thanks…!!!
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to give context to the current editions. Please
let us know if you have any special suggestions and thoughts.
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