Goombay

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Goombay Gulf Coast
A steel drum band plays at the first annual Goombay Festival
A steel drum band plays at the first annual Goombay Festival
Date April 28, 2007
April 26, 2008
Location Belmont-De Villiers
First occurence 2007
Last occurence

'Goombay' is a Caribbean music festival that has been held yearly in Pensacola since 2007. Next year's festival in the Belmont-Devilliers neighborhood will be held April 25. Steel-drum bands from around the country will entertain during the day, a children's area will provide entertainment and activities, and a headline group will lead the evening entertainment. Food and drink vendors along with others selling their arts and crafts will line the streets.

Goombay has its roots in the Bermudan slavery era. It is named for a skin-covered drum called a "gombey." The celebration was brought to the United States in 1970 and has localized versions in South Florida and Asheville, North Carolina.

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