What is the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival? (Tips + Photos)

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Tips and Photos - TravelBreak.net Travel Blog“I’m just waiting for that moment when my weekend becomes a real-life Wyclef music video,”

I joked as I flew into Nassau, The Bahamas for the Junkanoo Carnival. Little did I know that I’d soon be playing drums with the legend himself, frolicking with locals and dancing in a native-style red, white, and black head-dress.

So… my weekend totally did become a real-life Wyclef music video.

I cannot explain the excitement of the experience. It was better than I can share in words or photos. If you haven’t added this to your world culture or party bucket lists, allow me to share a few reasons why you might love the Junkanoo too.





At a glance, what is the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival?

The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is a Caribbean Coachella meets Mardi Gras event.Click To Tweet

Held from April to May, the festivities kick off in the Grand Bahama and continue to Nassau. With activities including Youth Culture Fest,  Da Cultural Village, Music Masters, and Road Fever, families and party-goers come to life in the Bahamas.

My own experience: the weekend in Nassau — a three-day concert series of Caribbean musicians, food and drink. On Saturday, Bahamians from across the islands break up into competitive teams with vibrant, feather and rhinestone costumes. Separately, as cohorts, they march and dance for a five mile display of their squad’s uniform.

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Nassau Junkanoo Carnival Bahamas - TravelBreak.net

Junkanoo Carnival in the Bahamas is a celebration of music and freedom.

While the different teams compete for the title of BEST GROUP in Road Fever — united — the participants of Junkanoo Carnival celebrate identity and acceptance. Women and men of all shapes and sizes parade their beautiful bodies at every height, weight, and age. Costume-makers spend about four and a half months making costumes. Bahamians long-await the opportunity to strip down, and strap into carefully crafted mobile artwork.

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While they compete for 'Best Costume,' Bahamians are united in celebrating culture & acceptance.Click To Tweet

Nassau, Bahamas

Junkanoo Group - copyright The Island of the Bahamas

Junkanoo Group

Junkanoo Carnival is a celebration of culture and tradition in an economy driven by tourism.

Tourism makes up for 70% of the economy in the Bahamas. So as you sip on that Sky Juice and take a walk on the turquoise and teal sunset beach, you can rest assured that you’re contributing to a much greater picture.

A wildly local and off-the-beaten path event, Junkanoo is clearly for Bahamian people (and all of us who love them).

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is a time and space to showcase and appreciate Bahamian tradition and history.Click To Tweet


How do you watch or be a part of the Nassau Junkanoo Carnival?

You can purchase tickets on bahamasjunkanoocarnival.com.
You may also like bahamas.com/summerfestival
Visitors can watch it for free on Tonique Williams Darling Highway, Bethel Avenue, Blue Hill Road, Poinciana Drive and Nassau Street.

For more information check out bahamasjunkanoocarnival.com


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  1. Debra Pinder May 17, 2016 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Absolutely awesome! We are so happy you had a great time…we look forward to your visits to The Bahamas – again and again!

  2. Lauren May 17, 2016 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Can’t believe I’ve never heard this! Looks like such a great time… and I’ll admit, I’m jealous about Wyclef 😉

    • Stephanie Be June 3, 2016 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      Haha thanks for reading! Not going to lie, it was unreal! And I didn’t know about it either.

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