Not even the weather was enough to stop the massive Miami Carnival last weekend, as thousands of revelers turned out to Sun Life Stadium Sunday.
Throughout the drizzle, the annual parade of masquerade bands — with its dancers in sequined costumes and feathered headdresses, steel bands and 18-wheelers blasting infectious soca music — did not disappoint.
In the past, Miami-Dade and Broward held individual carnivals, sometimes on the same day. But for the past three years, organizers have opted for a joint celebration called Miami Broward One Carnival.
The highlight of this year’s South Florida carnival was Sunday’s parade. Hundreds of dancers took part, many wearing the colors of their home countries. They followed two dozen floats through the streets of Miami Gardens before making a grand entrance into Sun Life Stadium, where parade judges and spectators waited.
Among the countries represented: the Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States and the Virgin Islands.