Traditional Carnival is typically celebrated in Trinidad and Brazil, is a festive season which occurs immediately before Lent, usually in February or March. Here in South Florida, Miami Carnival celebrations begin the week before Columbus Day in October. It kicks off with the Junior Carnival on the Saturday before Carnival Sunday, followed by the Steelband Panorama competition on Friday of Columbus Day weekend.
The official J’Ouvert is held on Saturday morning of Columbus Day weekend and the carnival celebrations peak with the Kings, Queens and Individuals Show and Competition and the parade and concert on Carnival Sunday, the day before the 2nd Monday of October. MBOC has put together this guide to making the most of your carnival experience. This family event has many different types of entertainment, and we want to ensure you don’t miss out on anything each year.