Over 20 Masquerade Bands, 6 Steel Bands and All-Star Lineup of Socaâ€™s Heavyweights to Take Over the Streets of Miami Gardens and Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, October 9, 2011 from 12noon-11pm at 2011 Miami Carnival in the Gardens
Special presentation honoring Grand Marshall The Mighty Sparrow(Grenada/T&T), Grand Marshal Sir Oungku Edwards(Antigua) and Grand Marshall Calypso Rose(T&T)
6 October 2011-The City of Miami Gardens will play host to one of the biggest evocative Caribbean charged events with the â€œMiami Carnival in the Gardensâ€ parade of bands and masqueraders on Sunday, October 9, 2011. The streets of Miami Gardens will be adorned with big, vibrant and colorful costumes,the infectious sounds of the steel bands playing. The parade kicks off at 12 noon and the live concert starts at 6pm. The distinguished list of Grand Marshals leading the parade include: Congresswoman Frederica Wilson,City of Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson, Miami -Dade County-Commissioner Barbara Jordan,Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Dr. Neil Parsan,Miss Miami Broward Carnival, Miss Atlanta, Miss Miami Gardens, Miss Belize California,Miss Tropical California,Miss Caribbean USA, Miss Philadelphia, Miss Jamaica Universe .An important ingredient within the culture and fabric of the South Florida community, Miami Carnival in the Gardens truly has an economic impact that is a result of the estimated 250, 000 visitors that flock to the area.
The star studded musical line up includes Queen of Soca Artist Alison Hinds, (Big Man in Business)Iwer George, Sir Clarence Oungku Edwards(Antigua) Red Hot Flames, Roy Cape All Stars, Elizabeth Watley(St. Croix), Skinny Fabulous(St. Vincent), Tallpree(Grenada),Daddy Chess, Tanika and many more. Local South Florida artists include: Kehv, Julet, Malachi Greatness and Ploome Lewis.
Carnival Connoisseurs will enjoy the various textures of Caribbean food and drinks.The International Caribbean Village will showcase goods and services from the Caribbean. This year a mini health fair will also take place. Participating organizations include the DIVAFoundation founded in 1990. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization has partnered with Miami Carnival in the Gardens to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and erasing stigmas. A passionate AIDS activist, Sheryl Lee Ralph is founding Director of â€œThe Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware (DIVA) Foundationâ€ “Iâ€™m so honored and happy to be apart of this year’s carnival! It’s a natural fit that this year’s health awareness theme is HIV/AIDS.” Also at the health fair expo is Advocacy Building Initiative, Inc. (ABI, Inc.) Dr. Veda Bailey, Executive Director of ABI, Inc. in collaboration with agencies like Borinquen Health Center, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, CECOSIDA, Miami-Dade County Health Department, Broward County Health Department, and the Greater Than AIDS movement, stands committed to eliminating these drivers and building advocacy for much needed changes in HIV prevention programming to better serve Caribbean communities. â€œWe urge Carnival attendees to take advantage of this opportunity to get educated, get tested, get involved. ABI Inc. along with collaborating partners will be at the Carnival, eagerly awaiting your enquiries and requestsâ€, states Dr. Bailey.
Parade Route: NW 26th Avenue to NW 199th Street, West on NW 199 to NW 27 Avenue, North on NW 27 Avenue to NW 203 Street then East into the stadium in the City of Miami Gardens. For street closures related to the parade please visit www.miamibrowardcarnival.com
Tickets are $20 at www.miamibrowardcarnival.com . $25 at the gate.Children under 12 are free.
This yearâ€™s sponsors include Carib Beer, Caribbean Airlines, Western Union, McDonalds, Vox3 Communication, NBC, New Times(Broward and Miami), Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce- Expo 2011, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, Delancyhill, Dr. Gershwin Blyden, Neurosurgeon Dr. Kwame Buahin,Hot 105 and â€œWith 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.â€
Special Note to media: Socafest will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Sunlife Stadium. Gates open at 9pm and the show starts at 10pm.Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at socafestmiami.com. For more information call 786.286.6166.Thank you for using Soul Of Miami!