MIAMI CARNIVAL CELEBRATES 34 YEARS

Soca Songtress Allison Hinds at Miami Carnival 2012- Photo Credit:Augustus Laurencin

Miami – September 7, 2018 – The annual Caribbean Carnival season culminates with one of the largest cultural spectacles in North America, on Sunday, October 7th from 11am-11pm at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds (10901 SW 24th St, Miami, FL 33165). Miami Carnival, celebrating 34 years, continues to be a feather in the cultural diversity cap of Miami and the South Florida region. The Miami Carnival Parade of Bands and Concert is presented by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB). The festival is also made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Tickets can be purchased at www.miamibrowardcarnival.com. Over 17 masquerade bands will compete for prizes, pageantry and bragging rights.
“After 34 years, Miami Carnival is an institutional mainstay of Miami’s cultural tourism economy. With the generations of persons of Caribbean descent from the region and other corners of America who have made Miami home, their music, culture, and artistic energy are helping to book out the availability of hotel rooms, special event venues, rent-a-cars, and shopping centers over the Columbus Day Weekend.  This event transforms Miami into an economically vibrant culture wonderland”, states Marlon Hill, attorney for Miami Carnival.
“We are excited to partner again with Miami Carnival.  Each year the festival organizers enhance the planning and execution with bigger and better ways to showcase Caribbean Heritage from all over the world and particularly in the Miami metropolitan area. It is our hope that the festival continues to grow in numbers and also becomes a staple itinerary event for potential tourists to consider when planning vacations, reunions, and conventions”, states Connie W. Kinnard, GMCVB Vice President, Multicultural Tourism & Development.
Miami Carnival Signature Events:
Junior Carnival – Saturday, September 29, 2018
Join Miami Carnival as they celebrate young people with their annual Jr. Carnival Parade of Bands and a cultural celebration that features music, spectacle, and fun for the whole family. The event takes place Saturday, September 29th, 2018 from 12noon-11pm at Central Broward Regional Park. Presented by TD Bank, the day includes the parade of masqueraders competing for bragging rights and prizes, arts and crafts, face painting, Jr. Calypso and Jr. Pan Soloist, and other kid inspired activities. Advance Tickets: $10
Panorama – Friday, October 5, 2018
Love Music? Then join Miami Carnival for their annual Panorama on Friday, October 5th from 4pm-11pm at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida. Enjoy the sweet sounds of world-renowned steel bands as they compete for the crown of Panorama Champion 2018. One of the staple events within the cultural offerings at Miami Carnival, Panorama promises to be a musically inspired, family event. Caribbean Airlines is the official Panorama Airline Carrier. Advance Tickets-$15
Saturday, October 6, 2018
J’ouvert is a massive street party created in Trinidad held during Carnival, though now celebrated throughout many Caribbean cultures, and subsequently in areas where Caribbean peoples have immigrated.
It’s mud, paint and pure bacchanal at the official Miami Carnival J’ouvert. Over 25 participating mas bands. Pure vibes
Time: 7am-3pm
Advance tickets $25
Miami Carnival Parade of Bands and Concert-Sunday, October 7, 2018
Miami Carnival is a kaleidoscope of Caribbean cultures under one umbrella that will celebrate one of Miami’s premier cultural festivals that captures the spirit, passion, and essence of the Caribbean-American community. The event takes place 12noon-11pm at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo. Presented by The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the day also includes the diverse and unique flavors of Caribbean food, drinks, and crafts. JetBlue is the official airline carrier. Patrons are encouraged to use one of the three free park and ride locations.

Miami Carnival 2015: CMNUSA Photo Credit: Augustus Laurecin

Live performances by:
Kes The Band, Patrice Roberts, Shurwayne Winchester, Teddyson John, Dil E Nadan, King Bubba, Peter Ram, Stiffy, Ricardo Drue, Trinidad &Tobago Prison Band, P Goodz, Prime Ethic, Soca Empress J, Scrappy, Rudy Live, Mr. Pearly, Julien Believe, Kiprich, Tara Lynne, Sweet Shells, Imma Haitian 257.
DJs-DJ Chosen, DJ Spice, DJ Dorenzo, Survivor International, DJ Stichiz, DJ The Party General
Hosted by MC Wassy, Papa Keith (103.5 The Beat), DLife (WBLS/Sirius Radio/FRPTV and Streaming host).
“Special Appearance”- Flo Rida
About the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is an accredited, not-for-profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business, and conventions. For a vacation guide, visit our website at www.MiamiandBeaches.com or call 1-888-76-Miami (US/Canada only) or 305-447-7777. To reach the GMCVB offices dial 305-539-3000. Meeting planners may call 1-800-933-8448 (US/Canada only) or 305-539-3071 or visit www.MiamiMeetings.com. To get further engaged with Miami and the Beaches, join the conversation by following us on our social media channels atFacebook.com/visitmiamiTwitter.com/miamiandbeachesInstagram.com/miamiandbeaches, andPinterest.com/miamiandbeaches.
Park and Ride
Attendees now have the opportunity to “kick-start their Miami Carnival experience” when taking advantage of the “Park and Ride” offer. Park & Ride features include:
• Free Parking with purchase of an online event ticket
• Air Conditioned Shuttle to the event
• Onboard entertainment to the event
• Authentic Caribbean experience
Park and Ride locations:
Performing Arts Center-3800 Northwest 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311
• Shuttle Services from 9 am – 12 am
• Travel on the hour
Tropical Park-7900 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33155
• Shuttle Services from 9 am – 12 am
• Travel on the hour
Golden Glades – 17080 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33169
• Shuttle Services from 9 am – 12 am