Junkanoo Expo Museum, Nassau, Bahamas

Junkanoo is a uniquely Bahamian celebration of the Islands’ traditions and culture, culminating in a grand, lively and colorful parade through the streets of Nassau on New Year’s Day. The parade is a kaleidoscope of sound and spectacle – Mardi Gras, Mummer’s Parade and ancient African tribal ritual, all rolled into one. Revelers, dressed in colorful costumes of crêpe paper, parade through the streets to the sounds of cowbells, goatskin drums, whistles, horns and other homemade instruments. Parades are also held on other islands in the Bahamas. For more information, 242-394-0445.

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The museum, on Prince George Wharf, houses a fascinating collection of Junkanoo memorabilia, including many large and colorful, intricately designed artistic creations from recent Junkanoo parades. There’s a souvenir boutique selling unique paintings and crafts. Open daily from 9 to 5; closed on national holidays. Admission is $1 for adults; 50¢ for children under 12. 242-323-3182.

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