Though it was considerably smaller and more subdued than usual, Green Turtle Cay’s traditional New Year’s Day Junkanoo rush went ahead on Saturday, January 1.
In keeping with Covid-19 protocols, only a handful of masked dancers and musicians took part. And the event was held later in the day to minimize the number of off-island spectators. Still, it was a much-needed glimpse of pre-Covid, pre-Dorian normality.
Staging Junkanoo rushes has been difficult for the Green Turtle Cay Slammers since Hurricane Dorian destroyed their Junkanoo shack and the costumes and instruments within.
Recently, thanks to community donations, they were able to purchase some used costumes from Nassau, which they hope to put to use when full Junkanoo rushes are once again permitted.
But they’re still in need of supplies and instruments, as well as a Junkanoo shack in which to practice, craft costumes and store supplies.
Especially now, when Dorian has robbed Abaconians of so much of their history, it’s so important to preserve these island traditions.
If you’d like to help rebuild the Green Turtle Cay Slammers Junkanoo program, donations may be sent to Brian Sawyer via Zelle at Sdb2002@yahoo.com.
Or, get in touch and I’ll connect you with Brian or Slammers organizer Arnold Newbold. I know they’d be grateful for any support you can offer.