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On Thursday, July 28, Bunche Park in Miami Gardens will host the first-ever Junkanoo Fest 242, which is organized by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation. Junkanooers, Bahamians, and lovers of The Bahamas will congregate there (BMOTIA). Conch Pearl Entertainment is the organizer of the four-day cultural festival, which runs from July 28 to July 31. It aims to commemorate the ties between South Florida and The Bahamas while exhibiting the skills and originality of Bahamian craftspeople to a larger audience. Public access to the festival begins on Friday, July 29.
On Friday and Saturday, Lady Ann Marie Davis, the spouse of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas’ prime minister, will attend the festival as a special guest. A distinctive Junkanoo rush out, where festival goers are asked to bring drums, whistles, and cowbells, will be one of the festival’s primary highlights. They will join more than 100 Bahamian and American Junkanooers in a two-day parade contest. On July 30, there will be an awards event where Lady Davis will give prizes to the competition’s winners.
Festival attendees may look forward to a traditional Bahamian fashion exhibition as well as a cultural performance by bahamian musicians Sweet Emily and Ilsha with the Motion Band. Additionally, there will be booths displaying genuine Bahamian-made goods, food, and drinks. The Honours Banquet, which will honor ten South Florida-based Bahamians who are committed to maintaining Bahamian culture via the development of programs and support services in their local communities, will mark the conclusion of Junkanoo Fest 242. Just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, The Bahamas, which include more than 700 islands and cays and 16 distinctive island locations, provide a quick flyaway getaway that takes visitors away from their regular lives.
source the bahamas ministry of tourism, investments & aviation