Goombay Festival Fills Coconut Grove with Junkanoo, Dancing, and Conch (Video)
|Photo by Yesenia Hernandez|
Goombay takes place in Coconut Grove one weekend a year, celebrating Bahamian culture with music, dance, drums, and a ton of conch. There's so much conch salad at Goombay, that every conch in the Caribbean is probably shaking in its shells the week before the festival.
|Photos by Liz Tracy|
At the other end of Grand, a huge station set up where kids were excited to show off their b-ball skills. These little tykes were good. There were even a few girls in there, dribbling and jumping. Very impressive.
The best part of any fair in Miami is the airbrush booths. You could get an angry Bart Simpson on your tank, or even a Dora the Explorer on your motorcycle helmet. It was pop culture fashion at its best.
The lady chef at Conchy Joe's booth made fresh conch salad ready to order. For "medium" heat, she chopped the tiniest bit of pepper into a heaping delicious mix of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and conch, adding a ton of spice. It was a culinary and cultural delight out there this weekend. Goombay continues to show that beautiful island spirit right here in Miami year after year.