Miami Carnival Parade and Concert

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By: Lori Kahn | Sep 17, 2018

Your guide to Miami Carnival Parade and events

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 will want to head out to the 34th Annual Miami Broward One Carnival on October 7th, 2018. This is 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 Carnival-style party that will get you jammin'. There are music stages throughout the fairgrounds showcasing the likes of world-renown musician Wyclef Jean and top Soca artists like MX Prime and Ultimate Rejects and Shurwayne Winchester. The music just gets louder and the party hotter as it gets closer to parade time, so be ready to move.

This annual party isn't only about the music, but 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 Island flavors from the myriad 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.

Carnival Events

Leading up to Carnival, are other events that are not to be missed, like the Miami Junior Carnival where the kids compete for King & Queen crowns of their own. There is also a Junior Carnival Parade of Bands and a Youth Calypso competition as well as a Kids Zone with activities throughout the day.

Don’t miss out on the Lunch Time Bacchanal where you will want to skip work and join in for non-stop Soca and rum punch. The 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

Travel to the Carnival festival at the Miami Dade fairgrounds is easy and convenient. Free buses will be provided from a few different locations throughout Dade and Broward Counties where shuttle service will run all day. Schedules will be posted on the festival website.

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