By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
GRAND Bahama's Junior Junkanoo parade has been postponed due to a forecast that shows an increased chance of rain this weekend.
The 2019 City of Freeport Council parade, which was scheduled for Saturday, January 26, has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, February 9, at Pioneers Way, Freeport.
Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee president Kevin Russell made the announcement at its headquarters on Friday, along with Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Culture official Monique Leary and Kendal Culmer, Chief Councillor of the City of Freeport District.
Mr Russell said the postponement of the parade came after receiving a weather report from the Bahamas Department of Meteorology in Freeport.
He noted that weather officials have confirmed that the frontal boundary across the northern Bahamas will increase the chance of rain over Grand Bahama to 60 to 80 percent through Saturday and into Sunday.
Mr Russell said that the Junkanoo Committee and the MYSC have consulted with participating schools about the parade’s postponement.
Monique Leary, of the MYSC, said that vendors and stakeholders who have been preparing for the parade are being notified. “We want persons to be safe and to know that a tentative date for the parade has been set for February 9,” she said.
Chief Councillor Kendal Culmer said it is best that the parade be put off for the welfare of the youth. “We must protect our greatest interest in the country, which is our youth,” he said.