Slow Junior Junkanoo ticket sales
Despite the fact that participation in this year’s Junior Junkanoo has doubled compared to last year, ticket sales remain slow.
Just minutes before the parade was set to begin yesterday evening, thousands of tickets were unsold, according to caribtickets.com-an online site where people can purchase tickets.
Agents at the ticket counter at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium admitted that sales were extremely slow, however, they did pick up slightly yesterday afternoon.
During an interview yesterday, Director of Culture Dr. Linda Moxey-Brown said she was confident that the sales would end well. She acknowledged that tickets are usually sold at the last minute.
National Junior Junkanoo Co-ordinator Percy”Vola”Francis was also optimistic about the sales.
Only five of the 15 sections were completely sold out. Tickets were priced between$10 and$20.
Francis said this year’s parade is the biggest in the 23-year history of junior junkanoo, with 22 schools participating.
Pre-schools participating include Careful Hands, St. Michael’s, Little Lovable Babies, Kids World, 2 by 2 Academy, One-on-One Pre-school, The Big Apple and First Fruits.
Primary schools include Claridge Primary, One-on-One Primary, Thelma Gibson, Stephen Dillet, Woodcock Primary, Mable Walker, Centreville Primary, Revere Academy and St. Thomas More. No junior high schools are participating this year but North Andros High, Spanish Wells All-Age, C.R. Walker and C.C. Sweeting are participating in the senior high schools competition.
Francis said the Ministry of Culture has spent thousands of dollars on the parade this year to ensure its success.
He added the Department of Culture is actively trying to start a summer Junkanoo workshop, so that school children can begin preparing their costumes during the summer months. He said by next year he hopes that the program will be up and running.
He said this would alleviate the strain that preparations place on school students during the months leading up to the parade.
Francis said the ministry also hopes that Junkanoo will be offered in public school as an art class in the future.
Junior Junkanoo parades are planned on several Family Islands during January and February.
Francis said the ministry wants to host as many parades during the winter months as it can. Parades are expected to be held in Exuma, Grand Bahama Eleuthera, Andros and Abaco.
Esso, Bahamas Telecommunications Company and Bahamas Ferries are major contributors of the junior parade.