Miami Carnival Parade and Concert

Miami Carnival Parade and Concert

Oct 7 - 9, 2022

Miami Carnival returns October 8-10, 2021. Here’s what you need to know about this exuberant celebration of Caribbean Culture.

Steel drums, rhinestone-encrusted costumes and the aroma of Caribbean spices in the air are just some of the delights that await you at Miami Carnival in 2021. One of the biggest celebrations of Caribbean culture on the globe (and the biggest in the U.S.), this multi-day event takes place October 8-10, 2021. Thousands are expected to attend, and many bands will perform. Here are key details surrounding the festivities, including information about Covid-19 safety protocols.

About Miami Carnival

It’s hard to imagine an event that’s a better fit for Greater Miami & Miami Beach’s sunny, vibrant vibe. Now in its 37th year, Miami Carnival is inspired by the lively carnival traditions of Brazil and Trinidad, which typically take place ahead of Lent. Here, the festivities take place over Columbus Day Weekend. Expect kaleidoscopic, over-the-top costumes and the happy sound of steel pan rhythms. The festivities begin on Friday in Broward County, followed by events at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday.

Miami Carnival, Day by Day

Saturday, October 9: Morning Festivities

The celebration kicks into gear bright and early on Saturday morning with J’Ouvert (meaning daybreak in French), taking place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds. Expect extravagant outfits and jubilant Caribbean sounds. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from all the dancing, you can sample delicious island flavors from Jamaica, Haiti, Guyana and everywhere in between.

Sunday, October 10: Miami Carnival 2021 Parade & Party

Sunday is parade day at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, when costumed revelers line up to show off their elaborate garb. The party starts at 11 a.m. and goes on into the night. Participating bands, each with their own theme, will stroll along the parade route, ultimately performing on the main stage in the hope of becoming Band of the Year. And the visual element is no less incredible: A costume competition will bring out the most lavish, rhinestone-encrusted clothing you can imagine. Competitions for best king, queen and individual costumes offer big prizes, so expect to be dazzled. Stroll through the Carnival Village for authentic island eats and handmade arts and crafts. Step up your spectator game with VIP access – options include renting a personal cabana stocked with food and beverages (plus waiter service) as well as access to a raised viewing platform.

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines

This year’s celebration will look a little different than years past, with the goal of keeping everyone safe and healthy. For example, all masqueraders and other attendees will be required to wear a mask, and all will have to show proof of a negative PCR test conducted no earlier than Wednesday, October 6. Organizers encourage all who attend to get fully vaccinated, and to maintain social distancing during the festivities.

By: Kate Bradshaw | Oct 1, 2021


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