Bahamas Junkanoo Festival Returns for the First Time Since Covid

Nothing signals that things are back to pre-Covid “normal” in the Caribbean quite like the resumption of our vibrant cultural festivals. Carnival, culinary fairs, concerts, art expos – they’ve all steadily returned across our islands in recent months. The latest big fete making a comeback this Holiday Season: Junkanoo!

The national cultural festival of The Bahamas, Junkanoo presents as spirited, fun, and flamboyant a celebration of West Indian culture as exists anywhere. 

(For more on all that makes Junkanoo so special, check out this video post from a few years back.)

Thankfully (finally!) the fun and fantastical spectacle will return this Christmas following a two-year hiatus!

As in the past, the primary Junkanoo party spot is downtown Nassau. The dates: December 26, 2022 (Boxing Day) and January 2, 2023.

Don’t fret, though, if you’re set to enjoy the Holidays elsewhere in The Bahamas. Christmas/New Year’s Junkanoo festivities are planned for many other corners of the Bahamian archipelago.

Grand Bahama Island, Bimini, Abaco, Eleuthera, Cat Island, Inagua, Long Island, and Andros will all host Junkanoo fetes. Expect the scale to be smaller than in Nassau, though no less lively and fun.


Last updated by Steve Bennett on .

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