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Junkanoo Carnival on Schedule despite Rain

Despite an average 75 per cent rain chance over the weekend, Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival organizers say that will not stop the shows and the festival will go on as planned.

However, Paul Major, Bahamas National Festival Commission chairman, told The Bahama Journal that in the event of a heavy rainfall changes will be made accordingly, but currently the festival is on schedule.

Friday is expected to be mostly sunny with a thunderstorm possible. According to Accuweather, Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny, but Sunday may bring more showers.

Tourists and Bahamians alike are encouraged to wear clothing that would suit the weather, as well as the amount of swath that is expected to be dripping from the masses who join the events.

The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is a festival that provides an experience showcasing a collage of culture of all things Bahamian. The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival events scheduled from May 7 – 9 will showcase Junkanoo, Rake -n- Scrape, arts and crafts, Bahamian cuisine, visual art, music, and dance.

The birth of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is said to have emerged from the vision of Prime Minister Perry Christie, along with cultural icons, Percy “Vola” Francis and the late Gus Cooper, among others.

The Bahamas National Festival Commission was formed in October 2013 with the mandate to stimulate sustainable economic opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Creative Sector throughout The Bahamas.

BNFC was also given the charge of bringing to fruition a new Bahamian-styled carnival in May of 2015, to stimulate year round employment in the creative sector, and to significantly impact the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Roscoe Dames, CEO of BNFC, expressed his elation at featuring over 27 Bahamian carnival companies that will provide costumes for purchase via the e-commerce site, with the intention of boosting the culture and art industry as well.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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