|The diverse cultural history of The Bahamas nurtures an equally diverse calendar of festivals. Join the locals in celebration. Dance in the streets to Junkanoo and Goombay music. Let go and hold on tight
"Junkanoo is reminiscent of New Orleans' Mardi Gras and Rio de Janeiro's Carnival, but it is uniquely Bahamian and exists nowhere else. Parade participants -- arranged in groups of up to 1,000 -- are organized around a particular theme. Their costumes, dance and music reflect this theme. At the end of the Junkanoo procession, judges award cash prizes. The three main categories for the awards are: best music, best costume and best overall group presentation.
The most spectacular Junkanoo parade occurs in Nassau. However, you can also experience it on Grand Bahama Island, Eleuthera/Harbour Island, Bimini and The Abacos. It's held on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year's Day (January 1)."
Goombay Summer Festival
Goombay is the rhythm of Bahamian music and is also the name of the Bahamian native festival. It captures several elements of the culture on a single stage for a dramatic one-night experience over several weeks of the summer. It is but a glimpse inside the cultural experience, featuring native music, food, dance, arts and crafts. Join the Bahamians in an evening of culture as they celebrate the diverse heritage of the Abacos
Summer Junkanoo Festival
Mini "Crab Fest"
Likened to Mardi Gras or Carnivale, this annual Heritage Tourism event brings together artists from all communities on the island to share their talents with Grand Bahamians and visitors alike. Local and national entertainers perform, along with the Bahamas Dance Theatre and local Junkanoo groups. Cultural displays demonstrate how to plait sisal and crack conch. Special Grand Bahamian dishes are served, including a 'fish fry' experience
The indigenous "land-crab" (primarily native to Andros island) is the main attraction at the "Mini Crab Fest." Mr. Oscar Porter, the proprietor and a descendant of Andros, proudly serves up dishes like Andros Boiled Crab & Dough with Cassava, Andros Crab Soup and Andros Stuffed Crab.