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The Grand Bahama Junkanoo Carnival 2015 was launched in grand fashion and style on Friday 28th November. Count Basie Square came alive as The Grand Bahama Junkanoo Carnival Company revealed eight sample costumes and two signature pieces in their presentation themed ‘The Grand Life’.
Prime Minister Perry Christie was on hand to launch the festivities officially and expressed his delight with the entire showcase. “What is happening this evening is simply an example of the kind of costumes that Grand Bahama is putting forward. Nassau has a real challenge and I’m going to carry the news back to Nassau that I’ve come down here and I saw that Freeport, Grand Bahama, you are ready,” Christie declared.
The spectacular event featured music from top acts such as Ophie and the Websites, Stileet, The Matrixx Band and Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Song Competition finalist Terrell Tynes-Wilson. Tynes-Wilson, accompanied for the first time by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Grand Bahama Band, put on a superb performance.
Minister of tourism Obie Wilchcombe said that the festival will allow visitors to get a taste of the rich culture and hospitality that Bahamians have to offer.
“We are going to have the greatest event and we want every Bahamian to participate, because our carnival allows everyone to get on board, to march, to rush, to have fun,” he said.
The festivities are scheduled to take place over the three days from 7th to 9th May 2015. They will include street parades, concerts and main events such as Junkanoo Mania, Music Masters, Midnight Rush and Road Fever.