Miami Carnival 2010 – Its Finally Here!!

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The 2010 MIAMI CARNIVAL was held on Sunday, October 10th, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium (Dolphin Stadium) in the City of Miami Gardens. Overall, the huge scale carnival was a success. There were throngs of people as far as the eyes could see by the time the afternoon sun had gone down and folks began to come out. The masquerade bands, as usual, were grand. The costumes were intricate and elaborate and the revelers appeared to be having a wonderful time. Click here peep the pix!

That being said, there were a few logistical issues that need to be addressed. From my perspective, the biggest issue is the lack of a stage for the mas bands. Visually, it was difficult for carnival attendees to see and it was also difficult to get great photographs with the revelers that close up. There needed to be more space between the revelers and judges and a viewing stage was desperately needed. There was a stage last year and this was a tremendous help.
Miami Carnival is a celebration of creativity: an eruption of revelry, colorful and spectacular costumes and pulsating music. It is a time when the diversity of the caribbean community can be seen as people of all ages and races come together to shed their inhibitions and enjoy a release from everyday stress. Dolphin Stadium is home to numerous NFL Super Bowls and major entertainment productions, including Jazz in the Gardens. The Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sun Life Stadium and its affiliates and the Miami Dolphins organization to secure the Stadium as a venue for the Miami Carnival on Columbus Day Weekend each year. This spirited agreement represents a major opportunity for the Miami Carnival to build the future and sustainability of the Carnival brand at a world renowned venue.

Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee, Miami Carnival Inc. (MCI) and Broward Caribbean Carnival Inc. (BCCI) united last year, and hosted one of the most successful Carnivals in the world that attracted over 50,000 people on Carnival day. This Caribbean cultural experience and spectacular riotous blend of colors, pageantry and fantasy, is depicted through a kaleidoscope of incredible costumes, steel bands, calypso, soca and konpa music. The annual event attracts over 100,000 people from throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean to the South Florida area. The unified Miami Carnival has a significant impact on annual tourism and the overall economy in South Florida.

The richness and diversity of the Caribbean culture is an important part of the fabric that makes South Florida unique. We are excited about the possibilities that are ahead of us with a viable venue, renewed energy and the continued support of our bandleaders, masqueraders, steel bands and promoters. The time spent over the last few months provided us with a foundation to elevate Miami Carnival to a new level, adds Mario Zamora, Chairman of Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee and BCCI representative.

We are excited to finally have the opportunity to announce the venue for Carnival 2010. We thank all our stakeholders, including our bandleaders, masqueraders, steel bands, promoters and the tens of thousands of attendees who travel from all over to attend Carnival for their patience and support for this important community celebration. Miami Carnival would not be possible without their continued support. We are committed to finalizing all plans for one of the most successful productions of Carnival that South Florida has ever seen., states Ruthven Williams, director of Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee and MCI representative.

For additional information please visit www.miamibrowardcarnival.com or call 305.653.1877.

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