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The Countdown Is Officially On For Bahamas Carnival 2015

Photo credit: Ministry of Tourism

The countdown has officially begun for the Bahamas Carnival, which officials say will draw thousands of visitors to The Bahamas.

Recently, Prime Minister Perry Christie officially launched Bahamas Carnival: In the spirit of Junkanoo – an exciting four-day event that will rival 200 other carnivals around the world.

“Even though there seems to be a disenchantment with carnivals around the world, this is going to be a magnificent event,” Prime Minister Christie said.

“We are going to have a major impact on culture. I want Junkanoo to be predominant in this but I want this Carnival to be known around the world as a Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.”

(Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, walks through the crowd gathered at the ceremony marking the launch of the new Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, which is slated for May 2015. Also pictured in the foreground, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, and Chairman of the Bahamas Carnival Commission, Mr. Paul Major. Pictured in the background:  Baha Mar Senior Vice-President of External and Government Affairs, Robert Sands, and Former Commissioner of the Bahamas Film and Television Commission, Craig A. Woods. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)

During the events, which will be held May 7-9,2015, all roads will lead to Nassau where visitors will be able to immerse themselves in concerts, cultural shows and street parades that will showcase the Bahamian cultural festival Junkanoo, native rake and scape music as well as art and craft, cuisine, music and dance.

The events include Junkanoo Mania, Music Masters, Midnight Rush and Road Fever. Junkamania is a musical event showcasing Junkanoo Music and other Junkanoo inspired folk forms such as drumming and dance on the biggest Junkanoo stage in the world.

Music Masters is a concert that will stage the top contemporary artist of The Bahamas to perform the competition in front of a global audience and share the stage with an A-List international recording artist.

The concert will ultimately determine who is crowned Master of Bahamian sound. Midnight Rush is a Friday Frenzy after party for the Music Makers concert, a Junkanoo street rush just for the people.

Finally, Road Fever is an original Bahamian Masquerade street party that closes out the annual Bahamas Carnival.

It is a costume parade incorporating the unique mix of live and recorded music with masses of people shaking up the streets.

Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said the Bahamas Carnival will be unique simply because Junkanoo will be its centerpiece.

“The truth is Junkanoo is the beat that gives The Bahamas its rhythm,” he said.

“It is that festival that we intend to take around the world to share with the world and to put on every street in the world.”For more information on Bahamas Carnival, persons can visit