GOOMBAY — CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL KICKS OFF FANTASY FEST IN KEY WEST

The colorful costumes of Junkanoo dancers sparkle on Duval Street during the annual parade to celebrate Key West’s Bahama Village Goombay Festival.

One of Key West’s most colorful cultural events, the Bahama Village Goombay Festival filled Petronia Street with Caribbean food, music and island enthusiasm Oct. 21 and 22.

Against the vibrant backdrop of Bahama Village, locals and visitors stroll among island arts and crafts vendors, local and Caribbean food delicacies while live music fills the air.

The annual Junkanoo Gawds parade took place the evening of Oct. 21, when costumed dancers, musicians and stilt walkers brightened the downtown area. 

Goombay is the traditional kickoff to Key West’s Fantasy Fest, which takes place Oct. 21-30 and features more than 80 events celebrating Key West’s costumes, creativity, and yes, cocktails. Photos by LARRY BLACKBURN/Keys Weekly

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