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New Providence, 2000
This celebration is a loud and boisterous national festivity loosely derived from the African customs, celebrated on New Providence on 26 Dec and 1 Jan. While the exact origins of Junkanoo are unknown, it is thought to have its roots in slave celebrations on their only days off in the year, at Christmas.
John Canoe is said to have been a popular slave leader. Wild costumed rushers dance in Bay Street until dawn beating cowbells and shak-shaks, and blowing whistles. As in Carnival in many countries, local businesses sponsor groups who spend the whole year making their costumes.
There is a Junkanoo Museum on Prince George Dock, by the cruise ships, where previous year's costumes are stored. Small Junkanoo displays can be seen on certain days in many of the large hotels.




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