The Junior Junkanoo Parade for 2019 promises to be the most exciting ever. Eighteen schools from New Providence, along with Tarpum Bay Primary and the South Andros District representing the Family Islands, have enrolled in the parade to be held on Bay Street, Thursday, January 31st, 2019 beginning at 6 pm. Acting Permanent Secretary, Rhoda Jackson, announced plans for the national cultural event at a press briefing, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in the conference room of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture (MOYSC). The theme for the 2019 parade is “Education is Key”.
Representatives of the National Junkanoo Committee (NJC), MOYSC, John Bull, Sol Petroleum, and Mobile Assist, teachers and coordinators were present.Ms. Jackson reiterated comments by Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, that it is their responsibility to ensure that the story of Junkanoo is shared with children. “Our responsibility is to ensure that this legacy continues and is shared with our children of today, who become our leaders of tomorrow. The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture will continue to work with the Ministry of Education (MOE), our sponsors, teachers and parents so that we can carry on this national tradition in the schools,” said Ms. Jackson.
She acknowledged the continued support and dedication of the principals, teachers, coordinators, and parents of students who participate in Junkanoo. Dereka Deleveaux-Grant, Deputy Director of Culture, said the purpose of Junkanoo is to provide an avenue for school-aged children and young people to participate in the country’s cultural tradition. She described it as an educational tool which, MOYSC, along with the MOE, use to teach the art and skills of the cultural tradition to young people. Mrs. Deleveaux-Grant, expressed thanks to community partners, the staff of the MOYSC and consultants for supporting and keeping the tradition alive.
Sol Petroleum is the title sponsor of the 2019 parade. Mobil Assist (sponsor of the People’s Choice Award) and John Bull are new corporate sponsors. Tickets at $10 each for bleacher seats will go on sale on Friday, January 18, 2019, in the foyer of the Ministry of Education. Family Island parades will be held during the period beginning January 26, 2019, in Grand Bahama and ending March 16, 2019in Inagua. John Bull made a presentation of Elmer’s Glue and markers to the MOYSC following the briefing.