SAN JUAN – The Bahamas National Festival Commission has begun preparations for the second annual Junkanoo Carnival, scheduled for May 5-7 in Nassau.
Several bands were expected Friday to debut official costumes for the main event in New Providence, which will be preceded by a similar calendar of activities on Grand Bahama Island starting April 14, the Commission said on its official Web page.
In Grand Bahama, a competition will be organized to choose the Carnival official song and the winner will receive a $20,000 prize.
Junkanoo is a centuries-old popular festival of masks, music and dancing.
Junkanoo parades take place throughout the Bahamas on Boxing Day, Dec. 26, but officials decided to organize a carnival around the custom, aiming both to attract tourists and to create opportunity for local musicians and artists.
Last year’s first edition of the carnival included a concert featuring Bahamian bands Tingum Dem and Visage as well as international artists Neil “Iwer” George, Djakout # 1 and ChocQuibTown.