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Valley Boys Take New Year’s Parade

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The Valley Boys made a sweep of this year’s Junkanoo season after winning the New Year’s Day Junkanoo parade yesterday dethroning last year’s champions – the Shell Saxons Superstars.

In addition to taking top overall honours, the Valley Boys also won best lead costume, best music and Shirley Street performance.

The Boxing Day champions brought a celebration of the United States to Bay Street as their theme, which included a re-enactment of the first inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The unofficial results show the Valley Boys winning the parade with a total of 89.1 points, the Saxons finished second with 86.46 points, Roots came in third with 81.66 points and One Family finished fourth earning 74.71 points.

One Family was deducted 10 penalty points while the Saxons lost a point to penalty.

The Saxons, whose theme was “Unleashing the Spirit of Carnival,” won best off the shoulder costume piece.

Third place finishers, Roots, depicted the theme “Kings and Queens of The Bible,” while One Family also used America as its theme.

During One Family’s performance, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy John Armstrong, sprung onto Bay Street and danced along with members of the group who presented him with an American flag.

There was also a somber moment at the parade as residents of the Fox Hill community walked along with the Fox Hill Congos as they remembered their relatives and neighbours who were wounded and killed during that mass shooting in Fox Hill last Friday.

Meanwhile, in the B Category, Colours earned top marks winning with a total of 85.60 points.

The Fancy Dancers took second place with 67.65 points; Conquerors for Christ finished third with 62.66 points and Redland Soldiers finished fourth with 56.68 points after being deducted 10.5 penalty points.

The New Year’s Day parade was scaled back compared to last week’s Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade and according to Chairman of the Parade Management Team Douglas Hanna, the parade got off without hitch.

“There were a few concerns of a couple of lulls, but we understand these were intentional by some of the groups who wanted to ensure that there was sufficient space between them and the other groups,” Mr. Hanna said.

But overall, the parade went well.”

The Valley Boys has now won two consecutive parades without its leader Winston “Gus” Cooper who continues to recover after becoming ill earlier last year.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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