The traditional Junkanoo parades may have been cancelled this year, but KFC Nassau has come up with a way for Junkanoo lovers throughout the country to get their creative juices flowing and have a chance to win big cash prizes. KFC Nassau is challenging the Junkanoo community to create their most elaborate headpiece, upload a photo to junkanoobuckets.kfcnassau.com, share on their social media pages using the hashtag #JunkanooBuckets and ask their friends to go to the contest site to vote for their design. The headpiece with the most likes will win. What makes this competition truly unique is that an actual KFC chicken bucket must be used in some way in the construction of each headpiece.
“We know how disappointing the cancellation of the upcoming Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Junkanoo parades is for everyone who loves this essential part of our Bahamian culture, so we have found a way for the show to go on in a most unique way,” explained Will Grant, General Manager Restaurants Bahamas, operators of KFC Nassau, adding “while the KFC bucket doesn’t have to be visible on the outside decoration in order to qualify, we at KFC Nassau would of course be thrilled to see someone design a headpiece with our brand front and center.”
In order to maintain the integrity of Junkanoo design, all headpieces must also include visibly undecorated fringed crepe paper, however artists are allowed to utilize all the customary tricks and embellishments in their overall design.
Junkanoo parades have been officially cancelled throughout the Bahamas this upcoming season, and although KFC Nassau does not have restaurants on all islands, it was important for the company to give every Bahamian Junkanoo artist a chance to enter and win. The unique competition has the support of the co-chairs of the National Junkanoo Committee, Dr Dwight Marshall and Kishlane Smith.
“The beauty of this, is the excitement to celebrate Junkanoo like it’s never been done before. It is also so wonderful to have an initiative that involves the entire Bahamas, so congratulations to KFC for bringing this to fruition,” said Smith. Recognizing that the group rivalry is an essential part of the Junkanoo experience, KFC Nassau invites each entrant to identify which Junkanoo group they belong to or support. The Junkanoo group with the most entries claiming an affiliation, will also win a substantial cash prize.
Similar to the ‘A’ and ‘B’ divisions in the New Providence Junkanoo parades, KFC Nassau has created two divisions to give all groups, regardless of size, a chance to win. For the KFC Nassau Junkanoo Buckets competition, ‘Group 1’ will have 350 or more members and ‘Group 2’ will have 349 members or less and the winning groups can represent any Bahamian islands or settlements.
The winning individual headpiece will receive $5,000. Second place will take home $3,000 and the designer of the head piece with the third largest number of votes will win $1,500. The winning Junkanoo ‘Group 1’ group will receive $12,000 and the top ‘Group 2’ group will win $8,000.
“We can’t wait to see how creative everyone gets with their KFC Junkanoo Buckets headpiece designs,” said Grant, “this pandemic may have put a stop to Junkanoo parades this season, but it can’t stop the creativity or passion for Junkanoo and celebration of this uniquely Bahamian pastime.”
The entry deadline is January 4th, 2021 and voting will be closed on January 8th, 2021. KFC Nassau will announce the winners of the individual and group prizes on January 11th, 2021. For the complete rules and to enter the KFC Junkanoo Buckets competition, visit JunkanooBuckets.KFCNassau.com.