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Rushin’ to Bacchanal: When Caribbean Festivals Collide

Rushin’ to Bacchanal: When Caribbean Festivals Collide

Junkanoo, an annual communal parade held in the Bahamas, is a labor of love for the Bahamian people that dates back centuries. The parade, which has Akan cultural roots, emerged in the time of slavery, but it has since moved from the margins to the very center of society, becoming the bedrock of national culture. When the government wanted to invest millions into the development of a major cultural festival designed to attract tourists, Junkanoo seemed like the obvious choice. In this podcast, we hear what happened when the government chose to use Trinidad Carnival as the model instead. 

Produced by Gabrielle Misiewicz

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Distributed 9/19/2017

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