From those attending this festival for the first time to the annual patrons of all things Carnival, Hilton Miami Downtown has your guide for 2019!
Common culture may think of Carnival as the pre-Lent celebration in winter, but for Broward County, Carnival comes each and every October the week before Columbus Day. This year’s celebration of Caribbean culture and heritage, Miami Carnival 2019, officially takes place on Carnival Sunday, October 13. But just as with any celebrated tradition in our amazing city, all of the festive pageantry and vibrant cultural fun cannot be contained to one day! Don’t miss out on a thing this year and follow our guide of the marquee can’t-miss events!
Miami Carnival Panorama
When: Friday, October 11 | Time: 4:00PM – 11:00PM | Where: Central Broward Regional Park
Get ready to relax and just enjoy the cultural sounds of the steelpan! A multitude of musicians will perform some of your favorite songs with an authentic Caribbean flair. Ever the highlight of this annual musical experience through steel is the crowning of the King and Queen Costume Contest winners!
Miami Carnival J’ouvert
When: Saturday, October 12 | Time: 7:00AM – 3:00PM | Where: Central Broward Regional Park
With its roots firmly from the Trinidadian traditional street party of the same name held during the traditional Carnival celebrations, this event is brimming with culture, vibrant music, and of course… mud and paint?! More than 20 bands serenade revelers, or masqueraders who come dressed in clothing that is covered in vibrant colors of paint, dye or mud! It is a traditional airing of grievances in the form of satire, with the colors drenching your clothes acting as those inner demons being released and on display for all to see. Vendors will be selling Caribbean food and drink to keep you fully engaged in the spirit of the event, as you throw off all of your inhibitions, wear your heart on your sleeves, and just have an unforgettable time!
Miami Carnival Parade of Bands
When: Saturday, October 13 | Time: 11:00AM – 11:00PM | Where: Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo Center
The culmination of the Carnival is the all-day parade, festival, and concert at the county fairgrounds. Over 50,000 patrons are expected to fill the area and enjoy the amazing rhythm and spirit of this cultural celebration. Even if you have no ties to the Caribbean yourself, it will be hard not to feel it in your soul with the cavalcade of sights and sounds continually on display. Remember, this is an all day affair and you will be on de road from sun up to sun down, just as the Carnival comes to a close in true vibrant fashion! This is one of the biggest celebrations of Caribbean culture in our country and the true main event of the entire weekend.
Yet the celebration doesn’t end here!
Even though these are the official events of Carnival, the cultural vibrancy cannot be contained by them alone. Throughout the weekend, there are a variety of other gatherings, such as those in the Wynwood and Bayfront Park areas. From yacht parties on the water to a post Carnival party after the Parade of Bands is done at the Wynwood Walls (until 3:00AM!!!), you will come to find that this weekend is not a spirit, it is a marathon of cultural celebrations! If you are looking for the perfect place to stay, look no further than Hilton Miami Downtown. Our Downtown property offers spacious and contemporary rooms with modern amenities, while our stellar location offers easy access to all of the Carnival action.