Thousands of Carnival Revelers and Masqueraders Set To Transform Miami Gardens into a Potent Mixture of Caribbean Culture
MIAMI – The Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee (MBOCHC) is pleased to announce one of South Florida’s signature events, Miami Carnival in the Gardens will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2011, in Miami Gardens, FL.
This year’s parade will move this colorful and rhythmic Caribbean party along the streets of Miami Gardens to the festival area at Sun Life Stadium((2269 Dan Marino Boulevard, Miami Gardens, FL 33056). Miami Carnival has been an important ingredient within the culture and fabric of the South Florida community. It has been enthusiastically celebrated for the past 26 years on Columbus Day weekend.
The colorful parade of bands will once again feature a kaleidoscope of incredible costumes that are a delicious cocktail of colors and pageantry. With “Generation X” holding the title of “Band of the Year” from 2010, this year’s competition is set to bring on a sea of enchanting costumes designed to represent all the islands of the Caribbean. An early buzz has already been created by a new band called Ascension. They will be portraying “Eau De Vie [Water of Life). Also intensifying the fervor is China Mas Group. With their portrayal of “What Lies Beneath”, depicting some resemblance of what lies deep beneath the water, they have set the tone for some fierce competition this year.
“Home to a vast Caribbean population, Miami Gardens is proud to be the home of the Miami Carnival is the Gardens for the second consecutive year. The history of Carnival began is the City of Miami Gardens and we are happy to have it come home. The event is truly the best celebration and representation of Caribbean culture and pride. We look forward to the people from around the world, who will be visiting the City, to participate in this extravagant and exciting affair. The residents and the businesses are equally as enthusiastic and look forward to welcoming and hosting visitors to our City”, says Shirley Gibson, Mayor of the City of Miami Gardens.
“Miami Carnival in the Gardens” is a unique opportunity for sponsors to reach a global audience of Caribbean Americans who travel annually to South Florida to participate in this one-of-a-kind experience. There are Carnivals in various cities throughout the year, but Miami Carnival is unique as evidenced by the sold-out airlines, hotels, rental cars and other business establishments throughout the tri-county area in previous years. With our Caribbean creativity and hospitality in full view, we anticipate that in 2011, we will be breaking records and welcoming even more visitors to the City of Miami Gardens than we have in the past” states Ruthven Williams, Executive Director of MBOCHC.
“One cannot afford to miss this premier Caribbean family-friendly event. You will be mesmerized by the spectacular display of pageantry and color as the various mas bands showcase their magnificent costumes to the pulsating beats of Caribbean music,” All under one place, Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins in the beautiful City of Miami Gardens,” states Rafiek Mohammed, Director of Broward Caribbean Carnival, and Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee, Inc.
Carnival Revelers (file photo)
This evocative Caribbean charged event also features some of the most infectious sounds of the Caribbean by a top all-star royalty artist line up which will be announced at the end of August. Attendees will enjoy a tantalizing selection of Caribbean cuisine provided by local vendors and Caribbean restaurants. Patrons will also enjoy a Caribbean Village sponsored by the Caribbean Consulates General and Tourist Boards.
In true Carnival fashion, this year’s Miami Carnival in the Gardens will categorically celebrate the spirit and captivating culture and heritage of the Caribbean and its roots.
Early bird tickets are $15 (Purchase by August 31) miamibrowardcarnival.com. The tickets are $20 on line after August 31. Tickets at the gate are $25. For information about vending and sponsorship, please call 305.653.1877. Visit www.facebook/carnivalmiami.