The Junkanoo New Year parade is a colourful part of Caribbean that brings a huge carnival party and parade to the streets of the Bahamas' capital of Nassau during the holiday period. Perhaps unusually for a New Year parade the event actually starts on Boxing Day, the 26 December with a large street parade (well the Caribbean folk always have liked to do things a little differently!) and then there is the main event on New Year's Day itself, which gets underway at 5.30pm local time in downtown Freeport.
The Junkanoo parade traditionally involved a great cavalcade of colour, with local costumes, floats, musicians and dancers. The tradition has spawned a number of copycat versions around the world, and particularly in the United States, where Miami and Key West both hold their own Junkanoo parades (although these versions are held in October)
Perhaps most people's familiarity with the parade will come from the James Bond film Thunderball, where Sean Connery is chased through the streets of Nassau during the parade, so if you've seen the film (and if you haven't, why on earth not, it's an absolute classic! Although I'm generally more of a Roger Moore fan myself but I digress..) then you'll have some idea of what to expect.
2015 parade lineup to follow
The Bahamas Local website is advertising a live stream for this event here:
Although we do have some doubts as to whether this will run live on the day as the last archived video on the site is from 2010 - we will keep an eye on it though and update as appropriate. If that doesn't work the closest we can get is a Nassau webcam feed, but the location is a beach view so unlikely to capture too much parade activity.
It's probably also worth trying out the ZNS Bahamas network, which also has a live stream and has been carrying regular updates about the Junkanoo parade:
If you're in the Bahamas over the New Year period and looking for somewhere to stay to attend any of the Junkanoo events you can check out availability and make reservations for local hotels here.
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