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Our Mission

Junkanoo: Jon/kuh/new

But for a stop on the route from Africa, we are kin - distant cousins separated by land and small bodies of water  throughout the Americas and the Caribbean, yet bound by a shared heritage, traditions, characteristics, and values passed down from the shores whence our ancestors hailed. We must never forget this truth. Junkanoo is a celebration organized by the descendants of enslaved Africans as early as the 1700s. It can be described as a festival featuring costumes, parades, and dancing, most commonly associated with the people of Jamaica, The Bahamas, and Belize. It was also celebrated in the south until around 1880, following the abolition of slavery. This engaging artistic showcase is an opportunity to bring awareness to our similarities and to re-establish the bonds of our ever-growing families.

Event Highlights

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1. *DIY Carnival Costume Workshop:* Get creative and craft your own vibrant carnival costume with expert guidance and materials provided.

2. *Art Showcase:* Experience the rich diversity of Caribbean culture through dazzling displays of costumes and visual arts, showcasing the vibrant colors and traditions of the islands.

3. *Live Music Performances:* Immerse yourself in the pulsating rhythms of the Caribbean with live performances by talented musicians and bands.

Get Involved

Vendor Registration

Thank you for being a part of the Inaugural Junkanoo Caribbean Heritage Carnival. We look forward to making this a fun and meaningful event for the members of our community. 

For inquiries and registration, please contact us at or call (850) 459-1597


Follow us on social media for updates and announcements:
- Facebook: Junkanoo Caribbean Heritage Carnival


- Instagram: @halisiafrica


Don't miss out on this colorful celebration of Caribbean heritage and culture! Join us for a day filled with music, dance, and community spirit.

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