Some of the first Grovites were Bahamian immigrants, who settled there in the late 1800s, working at the popular Peacock Inn and taking up residence in small wooden houses along Charles Avenue. A vibrant community sprouted in what came to be known as the Black Grove, now an increasingly troubled area attempting to get back on its feet. Nevertheless for more than 25 years residents have still found reason to celebrate, specifically commemorating their Bahamian roots with the Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival. What began originally as a weekend affair has exploded into a ten-day marathon featuring myriad events and now touting itself as the nation's largest black festival.
Music and remarks from local bigwigs kick things off this Friday. A golf tournament, comedy showcase, poetry readings, a dinner, storytelling, and a demonstration of rodeo skills continue the week. It culminates in a two-day street celebration, offering entertainment from the Royal Bahamian Police Band and R&B acts on three stages; vendors hawking arts and crafts; traditional Bahamian food; and junkanoo troupes, happily dancing their way through the streets, horns, whistles, bells, and drums pulsating. Attendees are encouraged to join the Caribbean conga line, for when it comes to having fun, no one should dance alone.