Caribbean Beat Magazine

Junkanoo: the rush is on

Feel Nassau’s Junkanoo rush

  • Photo by Jo Crebbin /

Every 26 December, in the pre-dawn hours, the streets of downtown Nassau come alive with colour, motion, and music, as troupes of Junkanoo revellers start their traditional “rush.” The Bahamian masquerade involves intricately choreographed performances to the beat of goombay drums, the chime of cowbells, and the blare of bugles. Then the celebration happens all over again on 1 January, welcoming in the New Year.