Ready for one last big fling before the new school year starts?
Bask in the Bahamas in the funky comfort of Coconut Grove on Saturday for the 36th Annual Goombay Festival.
A kind of founders day celebration, the Goombay Festival commemorates the first black settlers from the Bahamas to immigrate to Florida in the 1880s.
Skilled craftspeople and laborers, they came to find jobs in what we now call Coconut Grove and to make homes for their families.
Goombay tradition celebrates the rich colors of Bahamian culture and the Goombay music from which junkanoo (samples) and calypso (samples) grow.
Two Days of Fun, Music & Heritage
Picture it – people dressed in bright colors and costumes dancing in street parades to the music of cowbells, drums and whistles.
Enjoy authentic Bahamian and American street food as the festival transforms Grand Ave. into a perfect blend of Caribbean culture with a cool African American vibe.
The fun begins in earnest next Saturday the a historical and pioneer brunch beginning at 11 a.m.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
- Historical/Pioneer Brunch – 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 3481 Hibiscus Street, Coconut Grove
- Miami/Bahamas Goombay Street Festival – 12 NOON until 8 p.m., Grand Ave. / Douglas Rd., SW 37th Ave., Elizabeth Street
Sunday, August 5, 2012
- Goombay Festival Gospel Service – 9 a.m. – 11 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 3481 Hibiscus Street
- Miami/Bahamas Goombay Street Festival – 12 NOON until 8 p.m., Grand Ave. / Douglas Rd ., SW 37th Ave., Elizabeth Street
The Goombay Bottom Line
For the entertainment value, your very modest investment in the Goombay Festival is well worth the money and time. You’re looking at a number just under $200. Take a carload and split the expenses.
- Gas Money: $44 (10 gallons at $4 depending on your gas mileage)
- Travel Time: 6 hours on I-95 South (about 350 miles)
- Lodging: Assuming you’re not RVing, plan on $150 for the hotel, plus meals at the festival.
About the Goombay Festival
Dedicated to preserving the authenticity of the Goombay heritage, the festival provides a rich and historical perspective on the American/Bahamian traditions.
Festival organizers strive to showcase the unique blend of Bahamian and American culture as well as commemorate the origins of Coconut Grove and island traditions like the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band and the “RUSHIN” Junkanoos.
36th Annual Goombay Festival
- Sat., Aug. 4 & Sun., Aug. 5, Noon-8 p.m.
- Coconut Grove, Fla. 33133
- Contact: Mr. Andre Whittle
- Phone: 305-333-8123 | 305-448-9501
- Fax: 305-446-1474
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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