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Inaugural Junkanoo Fest 242 gets Underway in South Florida

image courtesy of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Junkanooers, Bahamians, and friends of The Bahamas will converge July 28, at Bunche Park for the first ever Junkanoo Fest 242.

Junkanooers, Bahamians, and friends of The Bahamas will converge Thursday, July 28, at Bunche Park in Miami Gardens for the first ever Junkanoo Fest 242 sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (BMOTIA). The 4-day cultural festival, running from July 28-31 is organized by Conch Pearl Entertainment and seeks to celebrate the connection between South Florida and The Bahamas while showcasing the talent and creativity of Bahamian artisans to a wider audience.

The festival officially opens to the public on Friday, July 29. Lady Ann Marie Davis, wife of the Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, will be a special guest at the festival on Friday and Saturday. A main highlight of the festival will be a unique Junkanoo rush out where festival attendees are invited to bring drums, whistles and cowbells and join the more than 100 Bahamian and American Junkanooers in a 2-day parade contest. Davis will present the awards to the winners of the competition during an awards ceremony on Saturday afternoon, July 30.

Festival goers can expect to be treated to an authentic Bahamian fashion show and a Bahamian cultural show.

Featured will be Bahamian artists such as Sweet Emily and Ilsha with the Motion Band.  There will also be booths displaying authentically made Bahamian products and vendors with a variety of Bahamian culinary treats and beverages to choose from.

Junkanoo Fest 242 will culminate with an Honors Banquet on Sunday night, July 31, where 10 community-minded Bahamian residents of South Florida, will be recognized for their commitment to preserving Bahamian heritage through the creation of programs and support services in their respective communities.  

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