By: Lori Kahn | Jun 5, 2018
If you are craving the sounds of steel drums and Soca beats or the beautiful majesty of exotic costumes covered in colorful beadwork and bright feathers, you’ll want to head out to the 34th Annual Miami Broward One Carnival. On Sunday, October 7 experience a true Carnival, Miami-style, with costumes, concerts and Caribbean food, topped off with a full-on Carnival Parade. The main event is held at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, although other parties and a Junior Carnival for kids happen around the city around that time as well.
This lively festival celebrates the culture, traditions and art heritages of the Caribbean. It’s a totally lit Carnival-style party that will get you jammin' with music stages throughout the fairgrounds showcasing a variety of music from the likes of world-renowned musician Wyclef Jean and top Soca artists like MX Prime, Ultimate Rejects and Shurwayne Winchester, among others. The music just gets louder and the party hotter as it gets closer to parade time, so be ready to move with the rhythm.
This annual party isn't only about music. Food plays a big part as well. One of the biggest highlights of Carnival is the food from Caribbean islands like the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, Guyana and Dominican Republic. Your tongue will be tingling with creole flavors from the myriad of food stalls selling everything from ackee and saltfish to crab and calaloo. Like curry goat? Jerk chicken? How about jackfruit? You can have it all. Revelers will also enjoy rum and other traditional beverages from across the islands. It’s not a Caribbean party without the rum so enjoy responsibly.
Leading up to Carnival are other parties and events you shouldn’t miss, like the Miami Junior Carnival for the kids. Kids compete for Carnival bragging rights and King and Queen crowns of their own. There is also a Junior Carnival Parade of Bands and a Youth Calypso competition. You children will stay entertained in the Kids Zone with activities throughout the day.
Don’t miss out on the Lunch Time Bacchanal where you want to join in for nonstop Soca and rum punch. This event culminates in a Miami Broward Carnival panorama competition where steel bands will give you an intense dance workout you've never gotten from Zumba. Other events include the Miami Broward Official J’ouvert, think paint and rum and lots and lots of dancing.
How to Get There
Getting to the Carnival festival at the Miami Dade Fairgrounds is easy and convenient. Free buses will be provided from a few different locations throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. 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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