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Goombay Is Near!

Every year, our little island of Key West plays host to a number of exciting festivals– from pirates to speed boats, there’s a celebration to fit everyone’s taste. The biggest, and most popular, is of course our legendary Fantasy Fest– ten days of crazy costumed parading, partying and other debauched activities. But equally fun is the festival that marks the imminent opening of Fantasy Fest: Goombay Festival, a celebration of the tastes, sights and sounds of Caribbean culture. We impatiently await the opening of Goombay each year–a family-friendly festival that offers incredible food, music, dancing, performances and a true sense of community– and we’re so excited that it’s finally only a few more days away!

For two fabulous days beginning this Friday, October 19th,  stroll down the length of Petronia St. and see how long your willpower lasts (ours usually gives in right around the time we see the first foodstall. Conch salad, anyone?) This festival, the end of which marks the official beginning of Fantasy Fest and all its crazy glory, is the perfect way to dip your toe into the Key West festival pool. We’re certain you’ll love it.

The festival runs all day and offers something for everyone. This Friday, be sure to head down to Petronia Street and learn all about Caribbean culture… we’ll save some Conch salad for you, if you’re lucky.

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Goombay festival

One week before Fantasy Fest is a lesser known but also fantastic Key West festival, Goombay.  The traditional celebration of food, music and West Indies culture is held each year on the 20th and 21st of september on Duval street and Bahama Village. This year’s festivities will include vendor stalls, street dancing, music by traditional caribean groups and partying until the early morning.  Check out there official page here for more info.

Goombay Official Comercial

Goombay 2009 60 Seconds

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