How we celebrate
“John Canoe,” the name of an African tribal chief who demanded the right to celebrate with his people even after being brought to the West Indies in slavery. It is believed that this festival began during the 16th and 17th centuries. The slaves were given a special holiday at Christmas time, when they could leave the plantations to be with their family and celebrate the holidays with African dance, music and costumes. After emancipation, they continued this tradition and, today, Junkanoo is firmly entrenched as a part of our Bahamian culture.
You have a front row seat here at The Landing for the amazing costumes, the sounds of the goat skin drums,the dancing and the infectious rhythm. Come and join us, December 26th and January 1st – annually.