Bahamas Junkanoo Parade
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Tightening the Drums

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Bahamas Junkanoo Festival Parade 2 copyright M. Timothy O'Keefe -


The origin of Junkanoois unknown. According to legend the name came from John Canoe, an African tribal chief who insisted on celebrating with his people even after coming to the Bahamas as a slave. Christmas always has been the Bahamas'  big celebration time, and Junkanoo became the highlight.

Junkanoo uses many different instruments including goat skin drums. Flames are tightening the hide on these drums just prior to the parade.

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