Goombay Festival moves to Peacock Park this year
Enjoy Bahamian food, art and culture featuring the Royal Bahamian Police Band, colorful Junkanoo bands and lots more. The fun starts at noon and runs until 9 pm.
This year, there is an admission fee of $10, children under 12 enter free.
The Goombay Festival is a celebration of culture embracing the legacy of a Bahamian-rooted community which started Coconut Grove. Over the years the festival has become a colorful parade of energetic, brightly costumed people dancing to the rhythmic sounds of cowbells, drums, and whistles. Vendors prepare to share their authentic Bahamian and American cuisine in booths that align the streets. The street festival transforms Grand Avenue into a journey across the ocean, creating a perfect harmony of Caribbean culture of the Bahamas and the African American vibe of Miami-Dade County.
Starting earlier in the week, there are a bunch of things do to connected with the festival.
On Thursday, July 24, enjoy a special Happy Hour at the Bahamian Connection at 4490 NW 2nd Avenue in Miami from 5 pm on.
On Friday, July 25, there's the usual Historical Coconut Grove Cemetery Cleanup which starts at 11 am at the cemetery at Douglas and Charles. The 1969 senior class of Coral Gables Senior High is in charge of this.
An historical Pioneer Brunch will take place at noon at Christ Episcopal Church 3481 Hibiscus Street.
There is an invitation-only reception from 6 to 9 pm at the Kroma Gallery and then a "Taste of the Bahamas" with One Grove Foundation from 7 to 11 pm at Virrick Park Gym.
On Saturday, July 26, is the main festival in Peacock Park
And there is a church service, the next day on Sunday, July 27 at Christ Episcopal Church (3481 Hibiscus Street) from 9 am to 11 am.
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