There’s always a uniqueness to every city and country that hosts Carnival. Needless to say, I was extremely excited to be invited by Bahamas Tourism to this year’s Junkanoo Carnival Weekend in Nassau. Celebrating its third year the Junkanoo Carnival is a celebration of the Bahamian culture and heritage. If you’ve never experienced mas in the Bahamas, here are some ways to celebrate Junkanoo Carnival Weekend.
Learn About the Junkanoo Culture
I always encourage learning about a country’s customs no matter the destination. The Bahamas is more than white sand beaches and conch fritters; learn about the culture in the many museums around the island. Owned by Quinton “Barabbas” Woodside, the Junkanoo World Museum and Arts Centre gives the history of Junkanoo culture and showcases costumes and photos of past festivals. Read about our group’s experience at Junkanoo World Museum from travel and entertainment writer Dyschick.
Attend the Carnival’s Events
Visit Da Cultural Village for events catering to individuals and families. Jam to live music while eating Bahamian delicacies in the food courts. Shuttle buses are available from major hotels or you can take a 10-minute walk from Downtown Nassau. Much like international carnivals, there are a number of night-time fetes (parties). Junkamania kicks off the carnival celebration, showcasing the mas of local bands. Hear local and international artists perform at the Music Masters Concert and Competition. View the Parade of the Bands with masqueraders and DJ’s at the Road Fever Street Party which concludes the carnival celebration.
Do Other Activites in Nassau
Take a mini break from the carnival and see what Nassau has to offer. Some activities and excursions around Nassau include a bike tour at the Warwick Paradise Island‘s Resort, rum tasting at John Watlings Distillery or the Straw Market for hand-made gifts. You can also visit the Atlantis Resort for dining, aquarium, water park fun and more.