Miami Bahamas 34th Annual Goombay Festival

The celebration of the Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival will begin on Thursday June 3 at 6:00 p.m. at the Chili’s at Coco Walk in Coconut Grove. This will be the 33rd year that this Bahamian style festival has taken place. The first Bahamians to come to South Florida were laborers and craftsmen who built the first hotel in Coconut Grove. Preserving the heritage of the Goombay Legacy has been the goal that influenced the first Goombay Festival back in 1976 and has continued throughout the years.

On Friday June 4, 2010 the City of Miami will present the official kick off of the Goombay Festival. This will take place at Virrick Park with invited guests only beginning at 6:00pm and ending at 10:00pm. On Saturday June 5th the historical Pioneer Brunch will be at the Christ Episcopal Church from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday evening the annual Goombay adult folk dance called “Stepping Back To The Bahamas” will take place at 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. The featured guest will be Chico The Leo.

The festival wraps up with the world’s largest Stepping Party known as the Goombay Street Festival. The celebration will begin at 12:00 noon at Grand Avenue/Douglas Road SW 37th Ave to 32 Ave and ends at 8:00 p.m.
The Bahamian-rooted community of Coconut Grove will led the celebration with the expression of Bahamian culture. Grand Avenue will come alive as the rich Caribbean culture transforms the streets with a parade of colorful costumed people dancing to the lively beat of whistles, cowbells and drums. There will be activities for the children at the children’s corner where kids will be able to make junkanoo costumes and read storybooks. The streets will be lined with vendors as authentic Bahamian cuisine will be offered along with American favorites as well.

Attending the Miami/Bahamian Goombay Festival that begins on Thursday June 3, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Chili’s at Coco Walk in Coconut Grove is sure to educate and expose people to the Bahamian/American culture and traditions making this a positive and enjoyable experience for all. For more information you can visit the official website for the Goombay Festival at http://www.goombayfestivalcoconutgrove.com
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