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Miami Carnival Countdown (Oct 8-10)

Come to Miami over Columbus Day weekend to dress up in masquerade for the Miami Broward One Carnival, a bi-county event that attracts over 50,000 participants each year. The main event is held at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, although other festivities can be found throughout the city. This exciting festival celebrates the culture, traditions and art heritages of the Caribbean. It’s fun for all ages with celebrations ranging from pageantry to musical performances by world-class entertainers. 

Carnival Events

Leading up to Carnival, The Parade of the Bands takes place in early October. It features over twenty masquerade bands parading through the city on a six-mile route. Each band selects a theme and depicts characters from traditional Caribbean folklore. They dress in colorful costumes and beads (think, feather headdresses, sequins and ruffles) while dancing and performing their music. The parade is judged by an expert panel, and winners are selected based on creativity, authenticity and presentation.

Once Carnival begins there are non-stop events including The Steelbands where bands compete for the title of “Panorama” champions playing steel pans and drums for the crowd. This year, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Barbados Independence, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, will sponsor and curate the concert mainstage with some of the island's biggest names in Soca music who include: Alison Hinds, Edwin Yearwood and Lead Pipe & Saddis. Fusing a unique blend of calypso, rock and reggae, Trinidad and Tobago natives Kes the Band are set to headline the main-stage at this year's Miami Broward Carnival concert. Other heavy-weight artists and bands include: Fusion Band, King Vers, Karma Band, The Original Burning Flames, Julien Believe and more. Special appearance by R.City, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands duo, also known as Rock City, of the hit song "Locked Away" ft. Adam Levine.

The Carnival Concert is a showcase of Caribbean talent where acts from the Hispanic and Haitian communities share in the tradition of Carnival and Caribbean music. 

One of the biggest highlights of Carnival is the food from Caribbean islands, like the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, Guyana and Dominican Republic. Revelers also enjoy rum and other traditional beverages from across the islands. Dig into delicious jerk, curry and stews—some of the favorite dishes of the tropics.

Carnival culminates in the crowning of the Carnival King and Queen Panorama, as well as the Junior Carnival and the Miss Miami Broward Carnival Pageant.

Travel to the Carnival festival at the Miami DADE fairgrounds is easy and convenient. Shuttle buses will be provided from the Miami Dade Transit Golden Glades bus depot (in North Miami-Dade) and Tropical Park (in S.W. Miami Dade on 40th Street/Bird Road). Patrons will be able to park and ride for free to the Miami -Dade County Fairgrounds. The shuttle service party buses will run all day. Schedules of the shuttle services will be posted on the festival website.

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WHAT IS MIAMI CARNIVAL?

Are you ready for the most explosive power packed party parade in the country. For years, the Miami Carnival has stood around as one of the most anticipated events in Florida and the world. If you haven't heard about it, now you know. Over Thousands of party goes from the Caribbean will arrive in the Miami for the weekend.

WHEN AND WHERE DOES IT TAKE PLACE?

Come to Miami over Columbus Day weekend to dress up in masquerade for the Miami Broward One Carnival, a bi-county event that attracts over 50,000 participants each year. The main event is held at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, although other festivities can be found throughout the city. This exciting festival celebrates the culture, traditions and art heritages of the Caribbean. It’s fun for all ages with celebrations ranging from pageantry to musical performances by world-class entertainers.

CARNIVAL EVENTS


Once Carnival begins there are non-stop events including The Steelbands where bands compete for the title of “Panorama” champions playing steel pans and drums for the crowd. The Music Truck is another highly anticipated event of the Carnival weekend. Music trucks make their way to the main stage while blasting music from DJs and entertainers as masqueraders follow along on the street. Both The Steelbands and The Music Truck are judged with expert and celebrity judges who come from near and far to cast their vote and crown the titles.

WHEN DO MOST PARTICIPANTS ARRIVE?

Many of the activities take place from October 8-10, 2016. Most people arrive on Friday and leave that Monday morning. However, we suggest that you arrive on Thursday and leave Monday if possible. That way you can avoid some of the long crowds at the Miami airport and you can also check out more parties and events throughout the weekend.

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