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Miami Carnival Line-up for 2018 Carnival Season in Miami

Celebrate 34 years of Miami Carnival and experience the vibrancy of Caribbean culture, creative self-expression, entrepreneurialism
Miami – September 12, 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 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:
Miami Broward Junior Carnival
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Advance Tickets: $10
$15 at the park
Children under 12 are free
Location-Central Broward Regional Park-3700 Northwest 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311
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-10pm. 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 competition and other children inspired activities. Performances by Alison Hinds-Queen of Soca, Boyd Anderson Marching Band, Miramar Patriots, and Fort Lauderdale High School Marching Band.
King/Queen-Kings, Queens and Individuals Competition
Friday, October 5, 2018
Advance Tickets-$15
This is a favorite of Carnival revelers. Over 30 people wearing very colorful, very large costumes, will compete in each contest for the titles of King and Queen at the Central Broward Regional Park. They will be judged on their pageantry, portrayal, colors, and creativity.
Panorama Competition
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.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Tickets-Advance Tickets-$25
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.
Miami Carnival Parade of Bands and Concert
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Tickets: Advance Tickets-$35
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.
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 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 To get further engaged with Miami and the Beaches, join the conversation by following us on our social media channels at,,, and
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
Travel on the hour
Miami Carnival is presented by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Corporate Sponsors: Miami Carnival 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, Jet Blue-Official Airline Carriers for Miami Carnivals,Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey – Official Miami Carnival Whiskey,Yellow Cab Broward ,Concrete Beach Brewery,Nuvo Sparkling Liqueur,Caribbean Airlines, Official airline carrier for Panorama, Concrete Brewery and MoneyGram.
Carnival Partners”: Soca on the Seas, Antigua & Barbuda Festival Commission, Cayman Carnival – Batabano, T&T Carnival Commission
Law Firm of Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, Uber Soca Cruise, Arm Wave Sleeves, Barbados Tourism
Media partners:
iHeart Media with 103.5 The Beat and PK’s Throwback 105.5 ,South Florida,Caribbean News ,Caribbean National Weekly , ,Vibez Radio New York, Big up Redman,Wack Radio 90.1Trinidad,Caribbean American Passport News Magazine,FRP TV powered by Worldcast Live with DJ DLife,Hot 105 ,99 Jamz ,Mike Andrews Show – The Caribbean Connection,Island Origin
Zip 103FM-Jamaica, Sleek – Jamaica,,
Big Wall – RHK Entertainment – JamaicaWACK Radio 90.1FM Trinidad
Caribbean Connection with David Cadillac Martin
WZOP 92.7 and WZZP 96.1
Riddims Marketing
Kotch Magazine
To schedule interviews, or apply for media credentials, please email or call 786-897-8854.
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