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Tourism’s Director General Joy Jibrilu congratulates Bahamas All Star Band on performance in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Submitted by Kendea Smith   
Friday, 28 November 2014 07:04

We are extremely proud of the magnificent performance the Bahamas All-Star Band gave at the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this [Thursday] morning.

Through blistering cold weather, the young group of 120 took New York by storm proudly playing Bahamian music and showcasing uniquely Bahamian dance moves.

The Bahamian band was fourth on the prestigious lineup, joining the top marching bands in the United States, theatre performers, elaborate floats, and famous balloons.

This is the first time in the parade's 88 years that an international marching band has been selected to participate.

More than 3.5 million lined up along the parade route to view the famous Thanksgiving Day parade live, and more than 50 million viewers watch on television and internet each year.

The Ministry of Tourism is proud to have sponsored such a wonderful performance and such an historic moment in our history.

We also extend our congratulations to Band Director Luke Caley on this stellar performance.

All Bahamians should be proud to see our Bahamian youth display our culture to the world in such a tremendous way.

Bahamas All-Star Marching Band ready to shine at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Submitted by Kendea Smith   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 14:05

NEW YORK CITY, New York -- The Bahamas All-Star Marching Band is taking its energetic routine and the sweet sounds of Bahamian music to the heart of New York City this Thursday for the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The group of about 120 young musicians and dancers arrived in New Jersey Tuesday afternoon to make final preparations for their historic performance.

This is the first time in the parade's 88 years that an international marching band has been selected to participate.

The Bahamian band is fourth on the prestigious lineup, joining the top marching bands in the United States, theatre performers, elaborate floats, and famous balloons.

According to assistant band director Luke Caley, the performance will be full of surprises, and one that fans do not want to miss.

“We added a little flair to some of our most popular routines. We have something different for our fans, including new uniforms, and you may not even recognize us when we come out fourth on Thursday morning” said an excited Caley.

Music legend 'Piccolo Pete' is Cacique Lifetime Achievement Award winner
Submitted by Kendea Smith   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:46

16th Cacique Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Nathaniel 'Piccolo Pete' Saunders of Bimini. NASSAU, Bahamas -- Members of the Blue Ribbon Committee of the 16th Cacique Awards have announced that this year’s Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Nathaniel “Piccolo Pete” Saunders of Bimini.  The announcement was made during a recent press conference.

The 100-year-old Biminite has been entertaining locals and visitors for over 80 years. He has performed for the likes of Ernest Hemmingway, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon and even Al Capone among others.

Mr. Saunders is the uncle of other famous residents of Bimini – brothers Ashley Saunders – coconut craft maker and Ansil Saunders – boat builder and Cacique Award winner.

Born, November 7, 1914, he’s the community oldest, most respected and entertaining personality and considered the backbone of the Bimini community.  Uncle Natty Saunders – as he is affectionately called – celebrated his 100th Birthday in grand style at the Bimini Big Game Resort on North Bimini.

The celebrations also included a special mass at the Parish of Our Lady and St. Stephen, during which the Minister of Tourism and MP the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe attended, as well as officials of Local Government and the Office of the Prime Minister on Bimini.

Grand Bahamian bands and restaurants set to provide holiday enchantment at Festival Noel
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 07:40

Two Left Feet Ready to Start the Holiday Season at Festival Noel - One of the bands helping to make Festival Noel a hit is Two Left Feet.  Two Left Feet is a five-person band comprised of Holiday Soul, Drew Moree, Ramon Webb, Rolland Webb, and Shawn Swain.  The band was formed in 2011 and has played at many charity events throughout Grand Bahama including last year’s Festival Noel where they were a huge hit.  Pictured is Two Left Feet at last year's festival. (Photo courtesy of Foto Factory for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- With everyone beginning to cement their holiday plans, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is hoping that Festival Noel is on the holiday calendar of everyone that will be in Grand Bahama this festive season.

The planning of this year’s festival, which celebrates 20 years of success, is underway with the highlights of the festival – the food and the music – confirmed for December 5th.

“After last year’s exciting event, we are thrilled to see most of our restaurants returning,” said Sarah Kirkby, Festival Noel Committee member. “Agave and Red Beard’s both secured their spots for this year and we are delighted that 'Dive-In Restaurant and Bar’ will join us for the first time.”

Thanks to Bahamas Wholesale Agency, each restaurant is given product to help to assist them with feeding the large numbers of guests that pour into the Rand Nature Centre for the BNT’s only annual fundraiser in Freeport. “We are also confirming one last restaurant and it will be their debut with us as well,” said Kirkby. “These restaurants will compete for the coveted Chef Noel 2014 title – voted on by our guests.”

Rounding out the food on offer will be the GB Shipyard apprentices and bosses, roasting the annual pig during the usually chilly evening.  According to organizers, the Shipyard has been a great supporter of the Trust in Grand Bahama and this will be their second year cooking but third year giving financial support to the event.

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival set to launch on Grand Bahama
Submitted by Lededra Marche   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 07:33

GRAND LAUNCH   The Bahamas National Festival Commission will launch Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival in Grand Bahama on Friday, November 28, which will culminate with the unveiling of The Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Company’s 'The Grand Life' Costume in the Count Basie Square of the Port Lucaya Marketplace.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama --  The countdown to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is on and with the event now just six months away, Grand Bahama is gearing up to roll out its costume line with an official launch party on Friday, November 28.

The Right Honourable Prime Minister Perry G. Christie will travel to the nation’s second city for 'The Grand Life' Costume Unveiling by The Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Company in the Count Basie Square of the Port Lucaya Marketplace beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is a three-day event set for May 7-9, 2015 and is expected to rival the 200-plus other carnivals around the world.  It is also anticipated to help to rebrand the country as a viable entertainment destination.

Prime Minister Christie visited Grand Bahama in August and delivered an impassioned speech to corporate Grand Bahama at a special luncheon on his vision of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and how necessary it was to have their support, “This is going to be an extraordinary event in the calendar of The Bahamas.”

Since then, there was the formation of the Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Company (GBCCC) by local Junkanoo groups and authentic Bahamian product providers on island in an effort to become a premier Carnival Company in The Bahamas.  Its objective is to foster community development while, at the same time, utilizing culture to create entrepreneurs.  

BTC one million dollar title sponsor of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Submitted by Serena Williams   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:14

BTC announced at their JFK Headquarters that they are the $1M dollar title sponsor of the Bahamas Junknaoo Carnival set for May 2015.  L to R:  BTC VP Marketing & Sales Eldri Ferguson; Roscoe Dames CEO Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival; BTC CEO Leon Williams; BTC CFO Garrard Ashman; Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival chairman Paul Major. NASSAU, Bahamas -- BTC’s community support in youth, sports and culture continues with the announcement that they are the one million dollar title sponsor of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and the first corporate partner to join the newly developed tourism initiative.

In a joint press conference, BTC CEO Leon Williams said they had been in discussions with the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and a split between cash and in-kind services for a mutually beneficial $1M sponsorship was agreed.

“$750,000 will be in cash and $250,000 will be in-kind services to consist of joint marketing and branding opportunities. The Junkanoo Carnival will feature on the cover of the BTC’s 2015 Telephone Directories which include white and yellow pages for Nassau, Grand Bahama, and Abaco. The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival will also have articles within the Directories. Furthermore, Carnival will feature on BTC prepaid phone cards and buildings.”

Thanking BTC for its partnership, Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Chairman Paul Major stated that the event is strategic to the development of Bahamian cultural tourism.

“This event is key for the evolution of culture in the Bahamas,” said Mr. Major. “For BTC to step up to the plate to the extent that they have speaks volume about the company’s belief in our culture and in The Bahamas. The Prime Minister made it clear that he wanted this to be a primer for a more culture driven economy.  Most other tourist destinations are using culture to catapult them ahead in a very competitive environment. Sun, sand and sea has become old. We need something that sets us apart and I think we are well on the way to making that happen.”

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