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Ecstasy in Junkanoo, A Public Celebration of Freedom

Bahamian Junkanoo is an individual and community celebration of freedom. The origins of the parade are shrouded in mystery. Though there is little doubt that they are West African, their meaning has been transformed by successive generations to bring fresh significance to the festival. The name "Junkanoo" itself suggests connections with Jamaican Jonkonnu and similar festivals throughout the New World.

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