Glimpse of Eleuthera #3 – The Harbour Boys
Junkanoo is a Bahamian tradition, a street parade with costumes, music and dance traditionally done on Boxing Day (December 26th) and New Year’s Day. The Junkanoo Rush-Out consist of colorful splendor in costuming and the rhythmic blending of the sounds of goatskin drums, cowbells, bugles and whistles. The Harbour Boys are the Junkanoo Rush-Out group in Governor’s Harbour Eleuthera, they preform for parties or local special events, and most importantly, teach the tradition to the young people in the community.
Long before you see the Rush-Out, the groups performing will have been busy rehearsing their dazzling routines; the musicians will have perfected the hypnotic rhythms they perform on the goatskin drums, cowbells, whistles and horns not to mention the non-stop work to weave their own special magic with beautifully colored crepe paper costumes.
If you are on Eleuthera, or anywhere in the Bahamas and there is a Rush-Out, don’t miss it, it is a unique and fun event. This one is a performance at a Friday Night Fish Fry in Governor’s Harbour, with some background on the days preparation for the performance.