Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade Postponed Until 8pm on Tuesday

 

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As reported in thenassauguardian.com – 24 December 2017:-

The 2017 Boxing Day Junkanoo parade, held in Nassau, has been postponed to Tuesday at 8 p.m. due to projected inclement weather.

Parade Management Team Chairman Anthen Mortimor said all of the major Junkanoo groups met with officials from the Department of Meteorology before they voted in favor of changing the date. The Boxing Day parade was expected to begin on Monday night at 10 p.m.

“The reasoning why it was postponed to Tuesday night is because of projected inclement weather in the area preventing the groups from mobilizing to Bay Street to get their costumes out on the road,” Mortimor said. “Based on what is happening, it couldn’t work,” he added. “We had to change the date.”

The announcement was made at the Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence’s (JCNP) head office on Frederick Street at 6 p.m. Mortimor said the parade is expected to last approximately 12 hours. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Michael Pintard said the decision is in the best interest of all stakeholders and asked for support. “We arrived at a decision that we believe will work for all of the stakeholders,” he said during the press conference. “We are asking members of the business community to be supportive of what is the primary cultural expression in The Bahamas in terms of being lenient with those persons who work in those establishments, and to also be supportive of this parade. “We understand clearly that work is the following day.” He said officials will do everything possible to ensure that the parade moves quickly.

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