asked my fellow bloggers what they considered to be the best in 2015 and Ladylaleebella, Jamaican blogger based in Atlanta, Georgia shared with me her thoughts on why Miami-Broward carnival is a "can't-miss" event.
WHAT IS MIAMI-BROWARD CARNIVAL?
The Miami Broward Carnival 2015 was a cultural explosion of island tradition and a manifestation of Caribbean heritage. The annual festival was hosted at Miami Dade County Fair Exposition and showcased national identity, coined cuisine, exuberant fashion, and up-tempo music.
“The Miami Broward Carnival is among Miami’s most popular and exciting multicultural events featuring the rich Caribbean culture of our community,” says Greater Miami Convention & Visitor Bureau President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME. “We are delighted to welcome once again the many visitors who travel to Greater Miami to enjoy this spectacular event along with the extraordinary offerings of our destination.”
The vibrant costumes from Masqueraders exhibited their respective bands and love for island lifestyle. The 19 bands included a variety of masque players rep’n Jamaica, Trinidad, Grenada, the VI, Antigua, Barbados, Guyana, and many other West Indian participants. A combination of the warm weather, blasting music, and colorful ambiance created the ideal celebration for a melting pot of people across South Florida.
CARIBBEAN PEOPLE LIKE TO PARTY
The song Differentology by Bunji Garlin prevails as staple track for the carnival massive across the world since its inception and opens up with the first daring lines “Are You ready?” We were more than ready to get down. My people love to party. The energy was full throttle from the doors opening at 11am until late into the night at 11pm. The multi-cultural parade was the main attraction, encouraging people from across North America, the UK, Caribbean, and locally in Florida to join together for the festive occasion. Songs like Lucy by Destra Garcia, Duckin’ by Fadda Fox, and Like ah Boss by Machel Montano were must-play party bangers to get revelers rollin’ their bumpers and waving their flags.
I AM SOCA ♫ BY PATRICE ROBERTS & KERWIN DUBOIS
Soca makes me fete for hours! Once the sun set the star-studded stage show began. The show was headlined by Trinidad’s own Queen of Bacchanal Destra and the Bakanal Band. Other live performances include: Xplosion Band, Dil-e- Nadan, Fadda Fox, Snakey, Menace, Laurena Davis, Claudette Peters, Rudy, Ricardo Drue, Julian Believe, Lyrikal, MC Wassy, and MC-Da Mighty Pencil with a surprise appearance from Dancehall heavy weight Mr. Vegas.
SOCA ARTISTS AND FEATURES
This year, #MiamiCarnival celebrated 31 years of carnival celebration and Antigua’s 60 years of Carnival. Carnival is a momentous occasion for people of Caribbean heritage that contribute to the arts, music, history and cultural identity of Caribbean-American culture. Miami Broward Carnival is the last major North American event on the carnival circuit leading up to Trinidad and Tobago Carnival in 2016.
COUNTDOWN TO CARNIVAL 2016
I have great expectations for next year’s carnival and plan to attend the Socavivor events the week leading up to the grand carnival in Miami-Dade. Being present for Miami Broward Carnival 2015 exposed me to wide audience of people from across the globe coming together in the name of heritage, unity, and quality entertainment from the industry’s best island talents. It’s a countdown to next year…Where will you be next October?
#MiamiCarnival is made possible with the support of the Miami- Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
REASONS TO LOVE MIAMI-BROWARD CARNIVAL
- High-energy atmosphere
- Fete for hours
- Socavivor events
- Diverse with a myriad of cultures
- Multi-cultural, melting pot
- Multi-faceted amusement park with vendors, food, and live entertainment
- Colorful costumes from vibrant masqueraders
- Happy music movement: Soca!
From the website press release: http://www.miamibrowardcarnival.com/
Miami and Beaches Carnival announcement: http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/event/miami-broward- carnival/22117
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Ladylaleebella is a Jamaican blogger based in Atlanta, Georgia sharing her ideas about the world through online platforms. Using the internet to connect with people from across the globe spreads her mission to endorse reggae and a positive lifestyle to millions of followers on the web.