Junkanoo Parade

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"Contact the Nassau People-To-People Programme to become involved with a Junkanoo band during your visit."

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Nassau Travel Guide

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Nassau Is Known for...

Five of Nassau's most unique features and characteristics.

Junkanoo

Junkanoo, a street festival dating back to slavery, is the most vivid form of Bahamian cultural expression. Participants gather in the wee hours of the morning to "rush" in costumes down the main Bay Street in Nassau. Thousands of dancers and musicians adorned elaborate and colorful hand-made costumes and compete for top prizes in music and dance. The parade is most similar to Brazilian Carnival but instead of recorded music, "Junkanooers" shake cowbells, use whistles, blow brass instruments and beat goat-skin drums. The major parade takes place twice a year—Boxing Day and New Year’s Day but you can catch a glimpse of a mini “rush out” as a part of the entertainment options at any of the major resorts or restaurants. 

Conch

Whether you’re eating at a high-end resort restaurant or catching a meal at an outdoor casual eatery, you’ll be sure to find conch (pronounced konk) on the menu. The sea snail is a food staple in The Bahamas. Eating it raw in a spicy conch salad is the most popular—a combination of diced conch, green peppers, tomatoes, onions, lime and scotch bonnet peppers seasoned to taste with salt and black pepper. Natives believe that conch is a natural aphrodisiac and often encourage couples...  

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About Nassau

Nassau

The largest city on New Providence Island, Nassau has become the undisputed resort Mecca of the Bahamas. The capital city conjures up images of white sand beaches, turquoise water, outdoor straw markets and quaint historic sights. Nassau, which blends old world charm with modern sophistication, has also emerged as a center for business and commerce. But make no mistake: tourism is the city's bread and butter. Luxurious resorts, a thriving nightlife and a tropical year-round climate attract countless vacationers each year. Area attractions include the 14th-century French stone Cloisters, the mega resort Atlantis, the Crystal Palace Casino, and the award-winning Cable Beach Golf Club. Another major site is the 18th-century Fort Charlotte, which once guarded Nassau Harbor.