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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Goombay Festival moves to Peacock Park this year

The Annual Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival is back this year and for this year only, it is at Peacock Park and there is a fee to get in. On Saturday, July 26, come out for a very special festival celebrating Bahamian-American culture. 

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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Anonymous Al Crespo said...

Why is the festival going to be at Peacock park ONLY this year?

July 17, 2014 7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely missed this last year. I like the idea of having it in Peacock Park. Although it makes sense to have it in West Grove, it was always too spread out among the vendors and too much walking.

Regardless, I will be attending and looking forward to it.

July 17, 2014 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


July 17, 2014 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think most people don't realize the tremendous costs affiliated with implementing a Festival in the Grove.

Most people think that police, waste/garbage, insurance, the use of the park, and all the myriad of other services required are donated by the city at no cost. Not so!!! The city is great and cooperates with all the events, but services have to be paid for!!! That doesn't include marketing, signage, personnel, etc. The nitty gritty of putting together a quality event. The $10 fee barely covers the Fensing ......if you want to know how much it costs to put a Festival together ask the folks that run the Coconut Arts Festival ....it costs a cool Million and the board spends most of it's time finding sponsors. If you enjoy these festivals, they are definitely worth ten bucks!

July 17, 2014 4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can Sarnoff Foundation pay for part of the cost?

July 17, 2014 6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I [think] maybe, perhaps # 1. the asphalt was hot, hot, hot. # 2 gentrification taking over NW C. Grove along with attendance falling off, so, the folks seeking to increase attendance moved/reversed gentrification to increase attendance, security, etc., into Peacock for all the right reasons and I would also [think] this will most definitely be a winner all around, for all of C. Grove, good luck and I shall return to sample the great food and other events. Jobie Steppwe

July 17, 2014 9:17 PM  

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