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It’s Time for Carnival

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Every year, the Miami Broward Carnival brings together hundreds of people to celebrate Caribbean culture in South Florida. A precursor to this event that gets families and children in the calypso and soca vibe is the Miami Broward Junior Carnival. This celebration of youth and the unity of Caribbean cultures happen one week before the adult celebrations unleash.

With 11 bands and 600 children participating in this year’s festivities, everything is set to allow attendees to have entertaining experience.

“It’s a jubilant raid of masquerade bands dancing to the Caribbean rhythm. I love the kids and I think this is the best show on earth,” said Jeanette Haynes, chair of the Miami Broward Junior Carnival.

Between noon and 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, dancing, music and other festivities will takeover Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill. Other events leading up to the grand parade include a steel-band competition for the title of “Panorama Champion. Panorama is held on Carnival Friday, Oct. 7 at the Central Broward Regional Park Cricket Stadium. The King, Queen & Individual costume competitions are held the same night at the same venue. The grand parade and concert runs from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Oct. 9. The Foam Wet Fete Party follows on Oct. 10, starting at 5 p.m. at American Backyard in Fort Lauderdale.

Here’s how carnival works. People gather in groups called bands and dress up in colorful masquerades costumes. Those bands register to compete and dance to soca and calypso music. Miami Broward Junior Carnival is the same thing except the bands are made up of children 18 and younger.

Bands have bandleaders. The bandleader picks a theme to influence the band’s presence in the carnival. For the competition, a panel of five judges will critique each band and give a score. They will be judged on presentation, craftsmanship, creativity and visual impact. A band that always scores high and wins the trophy is Heritage TNT. This band has won the last four years in a row.

“Every year our costumes gets more and more exciting,” said Rose Kelly Prescott, bandleader of Heritage TNT. “Last year, our theme was the colors of Karma. Our interpretation was love, joy, peace and happiness. The kids learned about what you give in this world will follow you for the rest of your life,” said Prescott.

The Miami Broward Junior Carnival has been staged for 32 years. For the first time, a youth pan soloist competition will be held at this year’s junior carnival. Melo Groove Steel Orchestra will perform that later day to continue the sounds of the steel drum.

Parents play a big role in preparing the children for Carnival. Zhivanna De Gannes’ daughter, Jazmeen de Gannes, has participated in carnival since she was 2 years old. This year, Jazmeen is the Queen in the Heritage TNT band.

“I look forward to carnival every year with a bigger and better costume design.  I love to participate in carnival just as much as my mommy and daddy,” said Jazmeen, who is now 11 years old.

The family gets a head start on carnival every year.

“At the end of every carnival we get with the bandleader to find out what is next year’s theme. After that, we gather material and get the costumes custom-made in Trinidad and sent over,” said De Gannes.

Giselle Blanche is the bandleader of Wassi Ones. Her preparation involved getting her band to represent passion, hard work, harmony and sacrifice. Blanche is known as the Wassi One. She became a bandleader at age 13 and has committed to participate in carnival since its beginning.

“The theme is called Heart of Me. Each section of my band represents something that is at the heart of me. Along with that, I am preparing the young ones for my 30th anniversary of carnival next year,”                      said Blanche.

Colorful costumes, delightful children and amazing steel drums tunes are all what’s in store for attendees at the Miami Broward Junior carnival.

“The main focus outside all the fun for the organizers is teaching the children about the tradition of their cultures. This ensures that next year and following the children will grow up and want to continue the legacy of carnival,“ said Haynes.

2016 Miami Broward 


Saturday, Oct. 1

Event: Miami Broward Junior Carnival – Presented by

TD Bank

Details: 600 children compete for prizes. Kids zone. Video Arcade RV

Location: Central Broward Regional Park – 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311

Time: 11 – 9 a.m.

Admission: $10 Kids; 10 and under free with paid adult admission

Friday, Oct. 7

Event: Fantastic Friday Duck Work Lunch Time

Bacchanal & Food

Truck Invasion

Details: Food trucks and vendors; more than 10 DJs

Location: Central Broward Regional Park – 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311

Time: Noon – 4 p.m.

Admission: $15 (All Day)

Kids 10 and under free

Event: Miami Broward Carnival Kings/Queens/Individuals Costume Competition

Location: Central Broward Regional Park – 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Event: Panorama


Details: Steel band

Panorama Competition

Location: Central Broward Regional Park – 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311

Time: 7-11 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 8

Event: Miami Broward

Carnival Official J’Ouvert

Details: Party before

Carnival, mud, paint,

powder, water

Location: Central Broward Regional Park – 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311

Time: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission: $25 in advance

Sunday, Oct. 9

Event: Miami Broward


Details: Parade starts at noon; concert starts at 4 p.m.

Location: Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, 10901 SW 24 St., Miami, FL 33165

Time: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Admission: $30 in advance. Kids 10 and under free

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