Part of what makes South Florida sizzle is our unique multi-cultural community and no weekend stirs so many dancing feet as Carnival Miami when live bands, calypso music and elaborate feathered costumes fill our streets with magic! Caribbean carnivals kick off in February – Mardi Gras season in Trinidad and Tobago – where everyone gathers to honor the folklore, culture and religion of the islands. Highlights include dramatic masquerade pageants, steel band competitions and the crowning of a Carnival King & Queen.
Miami’s Caribbean Festival takes place over Columbus Day Weekend and includes music, dance, enchanting costumes and rhythmic drumming. Guests from across the Caribbean fly in to take part in the parades and new competitions for decorative floats and fancy dress are added each year. In 1990, the first Junior Carnival Parade was staged the day before the main parade to encourage all South Florida kids to join with thousands of their Caribbean classmates and participate in this diverse celebration.
If you wish to attend this year’s 25th Anniversary Gala, get ready for days of family fun, face painting for the kids and lots of great ethnic foods from all across the Islands. A 6-mile parade of 20 masquerade bands kicks off on October 9 with lots of beads, feathers and a dazzling array of colors. Steel Bands also compete in “Panorama,” a championship match featuring musicians from across the globe. Also filling the streets with a calypso beat, Music Trucks roll slowly through Miami Gardens filled with racks of speakers, DJs and feathered dancers. Finally Sun Life Stadium hosts the “Band of the Year” competition where the judges finally bestow the Carnival Crown!