Caribbean Beat Magazine

Join the Junkanoo rush

Bahamians end the year with a rush — a Junkanoo rush

  • Photograph courtesy the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

In most of the Caribbean, 26 December is the anticlimax after Christmas. But in the Bahamas, Boxing Day can feel like the main event, as the annual Junkanoo celebrations fill the streets of Nassau with elaborately costumed masqueraders, “rushing” to the rhythm of cowbells and whistles. Troupes of up to a thousand masqueraders show off their choreographed routines as they head for the main stage in Rawson Square. A week later, on 1 January, it happens all over again.