On Saturday Jan. 5 The Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) will host their second family day since the MIM’s opening. The day will offers family friendly events that allow for families to experience American jazz and the Caribbean Masquerade tradition of Junkanoo.
Junkanoo is a Bahaman street parade that emphasizes color and lively music. The parade doesn’t just occur in one city, it takes place across the Bahamas every Boxing Day (Dec. 26) and New Years Day. The festivities almost have the feel of Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
Throughout the day different craft making activities will be offered. Children can create their own masquerade mask and assemble their own recycled drums.
The Dixie Devils, which is ASU’s jazz and Dixieland band. They will be putting on two performances and during the second performance the Dixie Devils will invite children up to play their assembled drums. They will parade around, New Orleans style.
The educational department at the MIM wants to educate families on not only the celebration Junkanoo but the other jazz exhibits as well. They will be offering tours through the American jazz exhibit through out the day.