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Prodigal Sons Returns Seed Money After Parade Setbacks

Junkanoo group, Prodigal Sons, has returned the seed money it received from the government following its failure to participate in both the 2023 Boxing Day parade and the 2024 New Year's Day parade.

The Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture had ordered Prodigal Sons to return the funds meant to assist Junkanoo groups in preparing for the major parades.

Minister Mario Bowleg, in a statement, praised the group's leader, Mr. Eric 'Scrap' Knowles, for his outstanding integrity.

"Today, I am pleased to announce that a meeting took place this morning at my Ministry with Mr. Eric 'Scrap' Knowles, the esteemed leader of the Prodigal Sons group. I am thrilled to report that Mr. Knowles exhibited outstanding integrity during our discussion and presented the Ministry with a check in the amount of $30,000.00 (thirty thousand dollars).

These funds were initially allocated to Mr. Knowles as seed money for the recent Junkanoo parades," Minister Bowleg stated.

The Minister expressed satisfaction with the cooperation shown by Mr. Knowles and Prodigal Sons, stating that they are now in good standing with the Ministry.

He commended Mr. Knowles for his dedication to the advancement of Junkanoo in the Bahamas.

"I would like to express my sincere commendation to Mr. Knowles for his steadfast dedication to the advancement of Junkanoo in the Bahamas. The Ministry, in collaboration with all participating groups, will continue to showcase the vibrant, rich, colorful cultural expression known as Junkanoo. The legacy will live on! See you on Bay!" Minister Bowleg concluded.

Government officials say this signals a positive resolution between Prodigal Sons and the Ministry, ensuring the group's continued participation in the vibrant Junkanoo tradition.

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