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Thursday, January 3, 2013

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Saxons Win New Year's Parade

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PAYING homage to ancient Egypt, the Shell Saxon Superstars returned to the throne as the unofficial victors of the 2013 New Year’s Parade in the A category.
Beating out 2012 Boxing Day champions Valley Boys by a hundred points, the Saxons earned 2,812 points yesterday with their theme “Dynasty of the Pharoahs”.
Colours Entertainment took home 3,113 points for the unofficial win in the B category, with Fancy Dancers and Compass For Christ, trailing in second and third respectively.
Last night, scores of Junkanooers crowded Arawak Cay to hear the unofficial results with Saxons members and supports erupting in cheer as the group were named as top scorers in their division for Best Overall Performance, Choreographed Dancers, Banner, Lead Costume, Costume, execution of Theme and Shirley Street.
Free National Movement leader Hubert Minnis, who rushed with the group, said: “We did very well, outstanding. Everyone was energized and there was a determination to come back strong after Boxing Day. We performed. The word tired did not exist in our vocabulary [yesterday], there was nobody that knew the meaning of that word out there. Egypt has been in the forefront and on the news over the year now, and still in the news. Egypt is a current event and has a lot of history to it.”
Valley Boys, under the theme “Tourism”, placed second with 2,707. Using the theme of “Fire”, One Family placed third with 2,557 points and also took home the top scores in Best Overall Performance, and Best Music categories. Roots placed fourth with 2,501 points under the theme “Games That People Play”.
Two A Groups, Prodigal Sons and Music Makers, were disqualified.
Parade Management Committee Chairman Douglas Hanna said: “According to the management team’s count they didn’t have sufficient numbers to qualify so there was a disqualification. There were challenges with that because there was some miscommunication near the end of the parade. Although the groups have been disqualified from the parade what we usually do is allow them to rush anyway because they want to rush and it’s difficult for a group to stop rushing.
“We had a challenge with Music Makers because of the miscommunication on the second lap on Shirley Street. They said they were told to get off the parade so they didn’t come around for the third lap.”
Scoring was conducted manually, according to officials, who lauded the smooth operation of both Boxing Day and New Year’s parades and noted potential changes to parade features.
Due to last minute technical difficulties, parade management decided to abandon electronic voting entirely for the New Year’s parade.
Although yesterday’s results were delayed, Mr Hanna said this was more likely the result of new administrative personnel and not because of the manual process. While he expressed disappointment that the team was not able to fulfill the promise of fully electronic scoring last year, Mr Hanna said the foundation for the new method has been established.
Despite the later start for the New Year’s parade, both parades ended shortly before 1pm.
Notwithstanding a few minor incidents, the New Providence parades were orderly and safe, according to Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture Daniel Johnson, who said this season’s parades were exemplary.
In response to criticisms over lengthy parades, Dr Johnson said: “I think this year will be the last year you see this two-lap thing. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.”
“We’re having Junkanoo congress in a few months and I’ll put it to the National Junkanoo Committee, we’re going to put it to all of the [Junkanoo] bodies in the entire country as to how to make the parade more fan-friendly.”
“This is what parades should be like, they flowed well. All the parades went very well, it was hard-fought. The level of competition, the level of artistry, everything went higher. Normally, people think New Year’s will be a little easier but no everybody came back again,” he said.
Dr Johnson encouraged Bahamians to also support upcoming parades in the Family Islands, including Abaco and Eleuthera.
He said fans can also look forward to more standing area, hospitality tents, which will be designated areas for title sponsors, and free seating for women and children in this year’s parades.
In the B Division, Colours Entertainment won Best Choreographed Dancers, Off-The-Shoulder, Freelancers, and Music. The group tied for Best Banner with Fancy Dancers, who also won Best Costume.
Jack Saunders won in the individual D Division.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Valley Boys Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade 2012

Valley Boys Sweep the Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade in Nassau
Dec 27, 2012 - 11:02:56 PM

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The Valley Boys WIN! Photos by TM Photography. See more on the new Facebook page called, "Junkanoo Parade in The Bahamas"

Nassau, Bahamas - Junkanoo is a street parade with music which occurs in many towns across The Bahamas every Boxing Day (December 26), New Year's Day and, more recently, in the summer on the island of Grand Bahama. The largest Junkanoo parades happen in Nassau and on December 26th the annual Boxing Day Parade took place on Bay Street.
The Valley Boys pulled off a major win sweeping every category with the theme, "The Celebration of Elizabeth 11 - Diamond Jubilee".

Photos seen here are provided by TM Photography and more photos can be found on a new Facebook page called"Junkanoo Parade in The Bahamas". 

One Family came 2nd with their theme, "Hurricane A Comin"; Roots was 3rd with the "Queen's Masquerade Ball"; and the Shell Saxon Superstars came 4th with "A Royal Celebration, Long Live the Queen"; and 5th was the Music Makers with "Bahamian Experience."

The next parade takes place on New Year's Day, again on Bay Street and the Island of Grand Bahama will also hold a New Year's Day parade.

The Valley Boys Shell Saxon Superstars came 4th with "A Royal Celebration, Long Live the Queen" Photo by TM Photography. See more on the new Facebook page called, "Junkanoo Parade in The Bahamas"

One Family Photos by TM Photography. See more on the new Facebook page called, "Junkanoo Parade in The Bahamas"

Shell Saxon Superstars came 4th with "A Royal Celebration, Long Live the Queen" Photo by TM Photography. See more on the new Facebook page called, "Junkanoo Parade in The Bahamas"

Roots was 3rd with the "Queen's Masquerade Ball" Photos by TM Photography. See more on the new Facebook page called, "Junkanoo Parade in The Bahamas"

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Valley Boys Boxing Day 2012

Thursday, 27 December 2012 09:31
NASSAU, Bahamas -- THE VALLEY boys swept the Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade, grabbing the top spots in all categories to win overall after the unofficial results were called last night.

The group might have hit Bay Street last, but they took first place in the off-the-shoulder, free dancer, lead costume, choreographed dancers, music, best banner and Shirley Street performance categories ...

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Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade winners‏ announced
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Nassau, Bahamas - The Shell Saxons Superstars finished first overall in the Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade, Monday, December 27, under the theme "The Great Aztec Empire." The group also won Best Music, Best Costume, and Best Choreograph Dancers. (BIS Photos Patrick Hanna)


Parading under the theme "Let The Music Play," The Valley Boys placed second in the Boxing Day Competition. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)


Colours Junkanoo Group was the first place winner in the B division during the Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade on Monday, December 27. The group's theme for the parade was "Charity Balls." (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Grand Bahama Junkanoo


Mr. Jackson Burnside III, one of the leaders of the "One Family"Junkanoo group in Nassau put it best when he said:

"Throughout the constant, physical changes, the spirit of Junkanoo has remained constant as an abandonment of emotional restraints, a free expression of self, time to get together to celebrate our way of life and to release a whole year's frustration. Therein lies the strong link to our African heritage."

The Music of
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The People of
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"Junkanoo" is a procession of masked dancers in bright colourful costumes parading or 'rushing' through the streets, creating music with goat skin drums, cowbells, horns and whistles. These revelers spend up to a year before the parade 'pasting' their costumes in Junkanoo 'shacks' and practicing their theme songs.

This form of celebration was brought to The Islands of The Bahamas in the 16th and 17th century by African slaves. The exact origins are unknown, but the most popular version is that John Canoe, a beneficent plantation owner, allowed his slaves time off to celebrate on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Thus the slaves named the celebration in his honour.

Junkanoo has not always been appreciated for its cultural nature, however. In 1899, an Act placed it in the Street Nuisance category and, during the early 1900s, the festival was opposed by the churches. They thought it was sacrilegious to hold it on Christmas Day. But a compromise was reached in 1938, declaring Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) a public holiday, and Junkanoo was moved from Christmas morning to Boxing Day morning.

At one point in 1944, Junkanoo was made illegal, following the riots of 1942 when certain groups used cowbells and drums. It was reinstated in Nassau on January 1, 1948, after it received official recognition as a tourist attraction. A year later, awards were introduced to bring about a more orderly celebration and promote the art of costume design. Over the years, Junkanoo costumes have evolved from fabric, palm leaves, newspaper and coloured glass into a beautiful, elaborate, hand-made costumes of crepe paper adorned with sequins and rhinestones.

Junkanoo became an organized event on Grand Bahama Island in 1970, with the advent of the Grand Bahama Masquerade Committee, led by Messrs. Oscar Porter and Austin Grant Jr., who organized the first parade in West End in 1971. Subsequently, Junkanoo groups moved to Freeport and in the mid 1970s the trend of making Junkanoo parades part of social activities at hotels was initiated by the social director at the former King's Inn, now Bahamas Princess Resort & Casino.

Today, Junkanoo parades are held in West End on Boxing Day and in Freeport on New Year's Day. Freeport's event provides a festive, cultural experience for both visitors and locals. The layout of the parade provides visitors a front-row view of the festivities and the carnival atmosphere gives them an opportunity to sample native food and drink and interact with Grand Bahamians. The costume design contest makes the parade very competitive among the settlements. In places like Pinder's Point, West End, and Hawksbill, there is a junkanoo shack for the local group, and people from the community come mainly to cheer on their favorites.


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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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(Photos) Junior Junkanoo 2012 in Grand Bahama Island
Jan 19, 2012 - 10:59:39 PM
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Freeport, Bahamas - Junior Junkanoo for Grand Bahama Island took place on Saturday, January 15th, 2012 in downtown Freeport.

The enclosed are photos from Grand Bahama veteran photographer, Derek Caroll. 

The idea of Junior Junkanoo originated in 1987 when members of the National Junkanoo Committee, the Junkanoo Leaders Association representatives of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture visited Carnival in Trinidad. They first observed the participation, involvement and integration of Principals, Teachers, Parents, Supervisors and Students at various schools, preparing for what they call Kiddies Carnival, and wondered what it would be like to bring about an idea like this to the Bahamas. Then in 1988, the vision to host the first Junior Junkanoo Parade in New Providence was conceived. At the inception of the Junior Program, the purpose, the objective and rules governing the Parades were defined to continue to promote Junkanoo and other activities connected with the National Cultural Festival.
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The Junior Junkanoo Program is an outlet for the extraordinary vitality of Bahamian students and therefore stands out as a means of affirming and enhancing the cultural identity of Bahamians and that the parade itself not only provides exciting entertainment but also serves as a vehicle of cultural interaction between public and private schools.

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(Photos) Superstar Rockers are unofficial winners of 2012 Grand Bahama New Year's Junkanoo Parade
By Yasmin Popescu, The Freeport News
Jan 6, 2012 - 8:45:54 AM

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The Freeport News: According to the unofficial results of the 2012 Anthony "Huck" Williams New Year's Day Junkanoo Parade in Grand Bahama, the overall winner in the 'A' division was the Superstar Rockers with 1,337 points.

In second was the Swingers with 1,332 points, while in third was Majestic Crusaders with 1,135 points; 4th was Kingdom Culture with 1,047 points; 5th was Classic Dancers with 923; and in 6th was the Bayshore Warriors with 767 points.
Overall winner in the 'B' Division was Harbour Boys with 770 points; second was Arawak Invaders 650 points; 3rd was Rotary Club Int'l with 583 points; 4th was Bushwhackers with 435 points; and in 5th was Sting with 420 points.
These results were given by the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee during a press conference on Wednesday morning. It was noted that it would take another 48 hours before the official results will be sent.
Chauncy Gray, Leader of the Superstar Rockers said they felt the parade was judged fairly, noting that they did a lot of hard work.
"You know, last year we finished in 4th place and we didn't feel too good about our position, so we went the extra mile, did the extra things and the results showed."
Making the announcement for the committee was Deputy Chairman William Martinborough who said the penalties this year were not as harsh as they were before. He then saluted Marsha Stubbs, a committee member, for managing the penalty process through workshops/training and overall mentoring through the process.
"Groups did very well also" he continued. "Managing the points that which they had to access. No group has been penalized nowhere near 150 or more."
Other official results were:
Best Choreograph Dancers
1. Arawak Invaders, 108
2. Harbour Boys, 086
3. Bushwhackers, 057
Best Banner
1. Harbour Boys, 201
2. Rotary Club, 165
3. Arawak Invaders 151
Best Performance on West Pioneer's Way
1. Arawak Invaders, 196
2. Harbour Boys, 169
3. Sting, 144
Best Free Dancers
1. Rotary #F-1, 161
2. Rotary #F-2, 157
3. Rotary #F-3, 155
Best Individual Lead Costume
1. Harbour Boys 'Bird Watching,' 179
2. Arawak Invaders 'Jonah,' 099
Best Off The Shoulder
1. Harbour Boys #812, 137
2. Arawak Invaders #1104, 107
3. Harbour Boys # 813 and #811, 103
In the A Division
Best Choreograph Dancers
1. Swingers, 132
2. Majestic Crusaders, 129
3. Kingdom Culture, 115
Best Banner
1. Superstar Rockers, 329
2. swingers, 326
3. Classic Dancers, 283
Best Performance on West Pioneer's Way
1. Swingers, 328
2. Superstar Rockers, 284
3. Majestic Crusaders, 220
Best Individual Lead Costume
1. Superstar Rockers "Aquaman, 248
2. Classic Dancers "Crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, 188
3. Classic Dancers "Garden of Gethsemane" and Swingers "We Rushing Through The Crowd," 175
Best Free Dancers
1. Superstar Rockers #I - 1, 161
Majestic Crusaders #K-7, 161
2. Majestic Crusaders #K-9, 156
Majestic Crusaders #K-15, 156
3. Classic Dancers #A-5, 152
Best off the Shoulder
1. Superstar Rockers #911, 143
2. Superstar Rockers #908, 140
3. Majestic Crusaders #1110, 137
Execution of Theme
1. Majestic Crusaders, 053
2. Swingers, 053
3. Superstar Rockers, 047
4. Kingdon Culture, 045
5. Classic Dancers, 038
6. Bayshore Warriors, 033
Group Performance
1. Swingers, 279
2. Superstar Rockers, 252
3. Majestic Crusaders, 193
4. Classic Dancers 187
5. Kingdom Culture 175
6. Bayshore Warriors 169
Best Music Category
1. Swingers 379
2. Majestic Crusaders 352
3. Superstar Rockers 329
4. Kingdom Culture 309
5. Bayshore Warriors 297
6. Classic Dancers 278
Best Costume As A Group
1. Superstar Rockers 719
2. Swingers 696
3. Majestic Crusaders 612
4. Kingdom Culture 592
5. Classic Dancers 575
6. Bayshore Warriors 493
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Enclosed are photos taken by local photographer, Alfred Anderson.

Junkanoo is a street parade with music, which occurs in many towns across The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands every Boxing Day (December 26), New Year's Day and, more recently, in the summer on the island of Grand Bahama. The largest Junkanoo parade happens in Nassau, the capital. There are additionally Junkanoo parades in both Miami, in June and Key West, in October, where the local Afro-American populations have their roots in the Bahamas. (Wikipedia)

Junior Junkanoo is set for this upcoming Friday, January 6th, 2012.
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