Whats Junkanoo...

. Junkanoo is a celebratory parade with African roots which started in the  Bahamas in the 17th century to preserve the African cultural traditions  which were in danger of being lost in the displacement process of the  slave trade. Spreading throughout the islands, Junkanoo is celebrated  still, particularly in the Bahamas and Key West. Using traditional  drums, cowbell, conch horn, and whistles, marchers attract a joyous  crowd wherever they parade. Our most recent parades have been a part of  Goombay, Fantasy Fest, and local weddings and business groups. 

 In the 1600's, when Africans were being abducted and sold into slavery, a  great number were brought into the Bahamas by ship. A Tribal Chieftain,  who was given the English name of John Canoe, was instrumental in  preserving the African culture. He was well thought of, and managed to  persuade the owners to allow their slaves two days off a year to  practice their traditions; Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) and New  Year's Day. On these two days, celebratory processions were held, with  brightly colored costumes and the African instruments of drums, horns,  bells, and whistles. The Parades became associated with John Canoe, and  the name changed to "Junkanoo" over the centuries. These traditions  spread to the other island groups, each of which has its own special  costume style. Junkanoo is still practiced today in many places, and  Caribbean Queen Junkanoos is a composite of the best of the traditions.