NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The cancellation of both Junkanoo parades this holiday season marks the first time the annual event has not been staged in more than 65 years, according to Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence (JCNP) President Dion Miller.
Miller said the organization will be partnering with ZNS and Junkanoo242, a local talk show, to produce a virtual parade that will be shown beginning 10pm on Christmas Day and again at 2am on New Year’s Day.
Miller said every Junkanoo group was asked to submit footage of their best parade over the past decade that will be aired with live commentary, with groups explaining the thought process surrounding their selection and experiences over the years.
He noted that while early discussions had hope for smaller and more controlled Junkanoo rushouts, that plan was simply not feasible.
“We tried to come back with several scaled back parade models but it was just difficult to get approval for any of those models,” Miller explained.