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Carnival lovers and Mas Players get excited because Caribbean Carnival is back! Get excited for the Miami Carnival, one of the only carnivals in the entire world to take place this year!


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    When is Miami Carnival? (TBC)

    What is the Date of Miami Carnival 2024? Miami Carnival does not occur before the onset of Lent but is actually held in early October one week before Columbus Day. After a year of hiatus, the 40th annual Miami Carnival will take place on the 2024 Columbus Day weekend. In 2023, Columbus Day will take place on Monday, 9 October, 2023.

    The official Miami Carnival events will take place between Friday and Sunday prior to Columbus Day which this year is from the October 6 – 9, 2023. The peak of Miami Carnival is Parade Day which always takes place the Sunday prior to Columbus Day the October 8, 2023.

    Where is the Miami Carnival?

    Where is the Miami Carnival

    Where is Miami carnival held? TheĀ majority of carnival events will take place at the Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale. However, The Miami Carnival Parade of the Bands and Concert will take place in the Miami Dade County Fairgrounds.
    • Where is Miami Carnival located?
      • Central Broward Regional Park – 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311.
      • Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds – 10901 Coral way, Miami, Fl.

    What is Miami Carnival?

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    Miami Carnival is one of Trinidadā€™s great exports combining Caribbean Carnival with the beauty and vibrancy of Miami. The 37th Annual Miami Carnival is a multi-day experience that draws over 75,000 attendees. MiamiĀ has a prominentĀ Caribbean-AmericanĀ community due to its close proximity to theĀ Caribbean and every year they honour that community by hosting the most exciting and colorful Caribbean Carnival in the USA.

    Carnivals in Miami is all about embracing and celebrating the spirit, passion, heritage, traditions, art and music of Caribbean culture. It is a fusion of all the different Caribbean cultures that have made Miami home. Carnival Miami attracts visitors from all over the world! But in particular thousands of party-goers will actually travel from theĀ Caribbean IslandsĀ toĀ Miami to experienceĀ Caribbean Carnival Miami.

    How is Miami Carnival celebrated?

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    You can be guaranteed that this party city throws one of the BEST carnival celebrations in the entire world! For three decades, carnival and mas-lovers have flocked to Miami to celebrate Caribbean culture, soak up the sun and soca vibes, revel in the pageantry and participate in the Mas Band Parade. The signature, do not miss events of Miami Carnival are the Junior Carnival, Panorama Steel Band Competition, Jā€™ouvert and the costumed Mas Parade & Concert Day.

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    You can also sample delicious food and drinks from variousĀ CaribbeanĀ islands, watch live music shows, check out aĀ costume competition,Ā attend a party or two, or even march in theĀ paradeĀ yourself. There are also plenty of pre and post carnival events, parties and fetes that are worth attending.

    KeyĀ Miami Carnival Events:

    • Panorama Steel Band Competition
    • Miami Carnival Jā€™ouvert
    • Miami Junior Carnival
    • Miami Carnival Grand Parade & Concert

    Miami Carnival Parade of the Bands

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    The Parade of the BandsĀ is the main attraction ofĀ Miami Carnival and every year over 75,000 revellers come out to watch.Ā The Miami Carnival Parade of the BandsĀ is the most spectacular showcase ofĀ color, costumes,Ā pageantry and fantasy.

    The Miami Carnival Parade of the BandsĀ features over 18,000 participants in 20 different masquerade bands. Accompanying the bands are large music trucks carryingĀ sound-systemsĀ or DJs. They pump out the rhythmicĀ CaribbeanĀ tunes for the participants to dance to.

    TheĀ Mas BandsĀ compete for the bragging rights of being awarded the ā€œBest Band of the Yearā€ and a large cash prize. TheĀ Mas BandsĀ are marked by a panel of expert judges who critique theirĀ costumes, creativity, authenticity, choreography,Ā music, enthusiasm and presentation.

    Playing Mas at Miami Carnival

    What is playing mas

    What is Playing Mas?

    When it comes to celebratingĀ carnival in Miami you can either be a spectator and watch theĀ parade from the sidelines, or you can join in the fun! Playing masĀ basically means that you are going to be a participant in theĀ parade.

    What is a Mas Band?

    MasĀ is just an abbreviation ofĀ masquerade. AĀ mas bandĀ or aĀ carnival bandĀ is just a group of people that will perform together in the parade. Every year theĀ Mas BandsĀ must select a theme and then represent that theme through theirĀ costumes,Ā musicĀ andĀ dance.

    Anyone is welcome to join aĀ mas band. All you have to do is pick your favouriteĀ Mas bandĀ and purchase their chosenĀ costume. Mas Bands all wear matchingĀ costumes from the same designer. TheĀ costumesĀ are always bright, revealing, and feature lots of feathers, beads, sequins etc.

    Most importantly to take part you must be rhythmic andĀ danceĀ your heart out during the parade. And even more important, you MUST have fun while doing so!

    Miami Carnival Mas Bands

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    If you want toĀ take part in the paradeĀ you have to join aĀ masquerade band.Ā It isnā€™t possible to just show up in a beautiful home-madeĀ costumeĀ and march in theĀ parade.Ā You must select aĀ mas bandĀ you want to be part of, wear theirĀ costumesĀ and dance through the streets together with your chosenĀ band.

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    To have the best time atĀ Miami Carnival donā€™t just be a spectator! Absolutely find aĀ mas bandĀ that you want to be part of and join the party! We highly recommend it! Of course you do not have to take part in the parade, you can instead purchase a General Admission ticket and come and enjoy the good vibes and atmosphere.Ā 

    The Miami Carnival Masquerade Bands are:

    Miami Carnival Masquerade BandsĀ are

    Links to official websites and Instagram pages.

    How do I choose a Mas Band?

    How do I choose a Mas Band

    Well, thatā€™s a difficult decision because you have so many good options.Ā We recommend browsing all the band pages and Instagram accounts above and see what you like. Maybe you will select yourĀ bandĀ based on theirĀ costumesĀ with some groups wearing very sexy costumes, and others being more conservative. Some people base it on themes. Obviously, money can be a big factor when choosing toĀ play mas.

    What is included in the cost of a ticket?

    Miami Carnival is obviously different to other Caribbean Carnivals because it takes place in an enclosed park, so there are no stopā€™s or glamhubs along the way like you would have at carnival in the Caribbean. Along with your costume you will receive meals and snacks, unlimited top shelf alcohol and the band will provide all the party equipment ā€“ speakers, DJ etc.

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    A lot of the more popularĀ bandsĀ sell out early, so reserve as soon as you can.

    The Ultimate Carnival Party Package!

    Carnival Lyfe is one of the best carnival promoters on the scene. Every year they put together the ultimate carnival package that gives you access to 7 of the absolute best, do not miss Miami Carnival Fetes! More event details will be released soon, but they are currently offering early bird packages for only $100!!

    We recommend you get in early because they sell out quickly!

    Jā€™ouvert Miami Carnival

    Jā€™ouvert Miami Carnival

    Jā€™ouvertĀ means day break inĀ French.Ā Miami Carnival Jā€™ouvertĀ is a smallĀ paradeĀ that occurs in the early morning. This is a tradition that originated in Trinidad and Tobago. Jā€™ouvertĀ is considered to be a livelierĀ carnivalĀ celebration because of its spontaneity. It features lots ofĀ steelpan bandsĀ playing spontaneously while you march along making lots of noise.

    There are no prettyĀ costumesĀ to be seen here. If you do get up and attendĀ Jā€™ouvertĀ a little warning is that you must be prepared to get hit with flour, paint, mud, water and maybe even clay. Thousands of partygoers throw paint and mud at each other and there is nothing you can do to avoid it, just get ready to get down and dirty and join in the fun! This tradition stems from aĀ TrinidadianĀ superstition where it was believed that an entireĀ Mas BandĀ is supposed to look like an evil spirit when performing in the dark

    Miami Carnival Jā€™ouvert Bands

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    The Jā€™ouvert bands are separate from the Mas Bands. When you join a Jā€™ouvert Band you will get a costume which is usually a shirt or tank top, that gives you access to parade with the band. The packages will also include unlimited alcohol, breakfast, and a few other perks like a phone pouch, face mask or whistle.

    Here are some of the 2021 Jā€™ouvert Packages:

    Party Room Squad Mas Band offers you General Admission to Jā€™ouvert when you purchase a costume in their Mas Band. Freaks Mas Band offers a two-day carnival experience which includes Jā€™ouvert when you purchase a ticket to their Mas Band.

    Where to stay for Miami Carnival?

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    There is plenty of accommodation including hotels, motels, hostels, apartment rentals, B&Bā€™s for all budgets. We recommend you stay on Miamiā€™s famous South Beach strip where there is always aĀ partyĀ going on and youā€™re close to the crystal-clear blue waters and pristine sands of South Beach.

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    Check out Booking.com for some accommodation options close to Miami Carnival here.

    Book your Hotel and Flight for the Miami Carnival


    Where to party at the Miami Carnival?

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    “Party in the city where the heat is on. All night, on the beach till the break of dawn. Welcome to Miami. Bienvenidos a Miami.”

    Miami has one of the absolute best party scenes in the world and it features some of the worldā€™s best Carnival promoters. Every type of party you can possibly imagine will be thrown during Miami Carnival weekend!Ā Foam Parties,Ā glow parties, pool parties, raves and hundreds more.Ā Parties take place in clubs, restaurants, hotels, rooftops, boats, pools, wherever. Many nightclubs will feature star performers and DJs but itā€™s up to your individual taste on what kind of party you feel like.

    The Official Miami Carnival Fete List will be released in August.

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    Where Do I Buy Tickets?

    Official Carnival Events

    Tickets to the traditional carnival events – Panorama, Jā€™ouvert, official Miami Carnival Parade & Concert and the Junior Carnival they can be purchased here.

    Top Carnival FetesĀ 

    Miami Carnival Live Music Concert

    Miami Carnival Live Music Concert

    When theĀ Miami Carnival Parade of the BandsĀ is over theĀ partyĀ doesnā€™t stop there. There is a big liveĀ music concertĀ which featuresĀ Caribbean bands and musicians, mainly soca and Steel Bands. The concert draws big crowds of people who dance, drink, socialise andĀ partyĀ the night away. The 2020 Miami Concert line up will be announced closer to the event!

    Miami Carnival Panorama Steel Band Competition

    Miami Carnival Panorama Steel Band Competition

    ā€œPan is the rhythm that fuels the lifeblood that flows through the heart of Carnival.ā€

    – Dexter Bleasdell, Steelband Coordinator.

    Miami Carnival Panorama Steel Band Competition showcases the rich cultural heritage of Trinidad and Tobago, through melodic, incredible Steel Band Performances. This event takes place on the Friday prior to the Carnival Parade at the Central Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale. Watch world-renowned Steel Bands battle it out for the title of Panorama Champion 2021.

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    Steel Bands have always been an important part of carnival. Steel Pan was invented back in the 1930ā€™s in Trinidad and is actually the only instrument that was created in the twentieth century. Today this artform is celebrated all over the world and holds great significance in the musical world! Since its inception it has taken the world by storm, with its range, sweet sounds and melodies.

    This event is so much fun and a great night out for the entire family! It is one of the absolute highlights of the Miami Carnival! There is a great atmosphere and it draws large crowds who come out to listen to the music, drink a little rum and eat some delicious Caribbean food.

    Miami Childrenā€™s Carnival

    The Miami CarnivalĀ also allows the kids to get involved and hosts aĀ Junior Carnival ParadeĀ which occurs the week before the Adultā€™s Carnival Parade. It is essentially a mini version of theĀ main parade. It is a cute and colourfulĀ paradeĀ that allows the children to experience performing in aĀ paradeĀ and is all about keeping the tradition alive for the next generation. It is a fun day out for the whole family!

    Crowning of the Miami Carnival King & Queen

    The Miami CarnivalĀ holds several competitions which are very popular to watch and take part in, if you so wish. The most popular competition ofĀ Miami Carnival is the crowning of theĀ Carnival King and Queen.Ā Another favorite is theĀ Miss Miami Broward Carnival Pageant Competition.

    Caribbean Street Markets

    Caribbean Street Markets

    DuringĀ Miami Caribbean CarnivalĀ street vendors fill the air with exotic smells. There is so much mouth-wateringĀ Caribbean foodĀ you can eat, from rice and beans to jerk chicken. Or why not drink some delicious Caribbean cocktails because theĀ CaribbeanĀ is famous for their rum!

    The vendors also sell gorgeous Caribbean arts and crafts that come from many different Caribbean countries. There are clothes, jewelery, t-shirts, bags and so much more.

    How to Get to Miami Carnival?

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    The quickest way to get to Miami is to fly! The city has two well connected international airports. Fly into (MIA) Miami International Airport or (FLL) Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.Ā As this is Miami, the best way to get around is by car!

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