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Carnival, Covid, And Kindness

by Dr. Rhadi Ferguson – The Carnival Doctor


After Miami Carnival, we had so many conversations and comments on our Facebook page about the pandemic, masks, precautions, and safety during Miami Carnival.


Some people scoffed at those who attended, others applauded those who attended, and some just clicked the like button and agreed with the sentiments they were in harmony with.


The Covid-19 pandemic is tricky to handle socially, rhetorically, and logically because of its impact personally and politically.


On a personal level, I had covid earlier this year.


It was horrible.


My oxygen levels went down to 88. I felt like I couldn't breathe and that I couldn't access that last little bit of air that you need to make you feel like you took a complete breath. Because my oxygen was compromised, my heart rate was between 110 and 90 bpm. Usually, I'm in the 55 to 65 range, so to me, it felt like my heart was racing out of control. And because my body was stressed and my heart was working harder, my blood pressure was also high. It was 180/110. I was scared. I was on the precipice of a stroke, I had a fever of 102, I couldn't breathe well, and I saw things getting worse by the hour.


My friend from college, Dr. Sean Boynes, a Trinidadian-born Pharmacist and 2-sport Howard University athlete and graduate, died from Covid on my birthday, April 3rd. I sat in my living room, in my dress shoes, suit, tie, along with my Howard University cuff links on, and attended my friend's funeral... Online via Facebook live. Even writing this now bothers me a bit, but it's necessary to share.


I'm sharing this because everybody in those pictures and videos at carnival has a story.

Some people are cancer survivors.
Some people have gone through a nasty divorce.
Some people just lost their jobs.
Some had a domestic abuse incident just the week before.
Some people are going through a midlife crisis.
Some people have family members who are on life support.
Some are single parents who just sent their last child off to university.
Some people have mental health issues for which carnival is utilized as an emotional salve.


My point is this......


Be nice. Be kind. And let's not be judgmental.


As a Ph.D., I'm well versed in statistics, as most of us are, because they drill it into you during your studies. I'm also familiar with the R-naught values of the original covid strains and their variants. And as a Florida resident who lives in a state that hosted Wrestlemania, the Super Bowl and most of the NCAA Bowl games and part of the Stanley Cup, I can see the logic in hosting and having events, and I can also see the logic in not having events and respect both arguments.


With that being said... if you look at some of the research on Google Scholar, not Google, Google Scholar, you will see that one of the significant issues that create and produces poor outcomes is when obesity is coupled with covid.


Now let's get something clear.... I AM OBESE.

I am 5 feet 8 inches tall and I weigh 247 lbs. (in Trinidad, I'm 227 and in Miami, I'm usually 237, but this year I weighed in at 242 before Miami).


I'm telling you all of this because...


We have a job here as a media outlet to report on what's going on, show you the climate of the carnival situation, and inspire you. And YES, we have had knock-down / drag-out meetings about media selection, picture selection, and what to post and why. And at the end of the day, we report, inspire, and provide things for people to aspire to. That's why we have a diverse range of pictures but skew towards those who present as physically fit and in shape.


We post some photos and videos to inspire those who have not been to a carnival to come as you are. We post some for those who already go to carnival to try new fetes, new bands, and new activities while also looking to achieve new wellness goals. And we post some media, as all media outlets do, for the sheer sake of entertainment (and at the end of the day, every discussion is based upon brand harmony, brand image, traffic, clicks, likes, and shares..... those are just the facts).


And these are conversations that we have and had because we are concerned about you, the carnival movement, and those who enjoy the carnival and make a living off of it. There is no carnival without you. And the more exercise, healthier intake, and emotional wellness you provide yourself, the better the whole movement will be.


And as it pertains to commenting on social media, remember to be kinder than you were the day before, and more inspirational than you were the day before that.


With that being said.... We support all persons who attend carnival. We also support those who choose not to. We support the vaxxers. And we support the anti-vaxxers. We support the maskers and the anti-maskers.




Because WE ARE CARNIVAL and we support and love EVERYBODY.




CARNIVAL Miami-Broward ONE Carnival



Breakfast Party

Vale Vibe Miami, Plunge


Soca RAVE, ONE Fete, Anything Kes the Band or Machel Montano

All Inclusive

Citrus - The Premium All Inclusive

Drinks Inclusive Soca Brainwash Miami, Big Phat Fish
Cooler Party Viva La Carnival
Cruises Suits Miami


Miami Carnival J'Ouvert. Pick a band, have dirty fun! / J'Ouvert fete - #SSS Blue Miami

Must Do Event

ARRIVALS... the 1st place to be when you touch down. There are too many awesome Miami Carnival events. Go all out, sleep when it's over.

Miami Carnival Mas Bands

Bajan Fuh Eva
Dingolay Mas
D-Junction Mas
Euphoria Mas
Freaks Mas
GenX Carnival
K-Paya Carnival
Major Players Inc.
Mascots International
Natural Disasters
One Island Band (Big & Strong)
Party Room Squad
Ramajay Mas
Revel Nation Carnival
Savage Mas Productions
Wassi Ones




Wednesday to Tuesday will give you maximum feting, while still allowing time to get your Miami shopping and beach time in. Want to save your vacation dates? Then get in on Thursday (in time for Trini Jungle Juice ARRIVALS of course) and fly out Monday morning. If you're like me, and want to enjoy a Las Lap fete (or two), leave late Monday night/Tuesday.


If you have the luxury to work remotely, then get into Miami the weekend before to enjoy some pre-Carnival events such as PRE-CHECK and Travis' World.

Parade Day / Last Lap

Miami Carnival Parade of the Bands takes place every Columbus Day Weekend, on the second Sunday in October. In the US, Columbus Day is always celebrated on the second Monday in October.


United States Dollar


Visiting Miami in October is no different from the summer months, you can expect a lot of very hot and humid weather. The average daily temperature for this month is a very respectable 25°C (77°Fahrenheit), with highs going all the way up to 28°C (82°Fahrenheit) and lows down to 22°C (72°Fahrenheit).

TJJ Recommended Hotel

Fontainebleau (Miami Beach), Moxy Miami (South Beach), The Goodtime Hotel (South Beach), 1 Hotel (South Beach), Mondrian (South Beach), InterContinental (Miami)

Best places to stay

Where to stay for Miami Carnival? You have the choice of Dade (Miami) or Broward county (Fort Lauderdale). We recommend staying in the Miami area as this is where most of the carnival events take place. Midtown Miami, Wynwood, South Beach, Miami Beach and Brickell are all popular areas to stay in. Hollywood Beach area places you in between Miami and Broward.

Communication / Mobile Providers

If you'd like a local phone number in the US, you can buy a US SIM card upon your arrival in the States. There's AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint. You should expect to pay at least US$30 plus tax. This will give you an allowance of US minutes and data.


Book a car rental online in advance to get the best rate. Prefer not to drive? Uber or Lyft are usually less than 2 minutes away.


For your next trip to the Sunshine State, fly into Miami International Airport (MIA) or Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). When you book via MIA, you will enjoy easy access to the city's hottest attractions as the tarmac is just 8 miles northwest of Downtown Miami. FLL is located 3 miles (5 km) southwest of the city centre of Fort Lauderdale and 21 miles north of Miami.



Cost of a 2 Piece Combo

Using our KFC global standard, a 2 Pc. Chicken Combo, which includes individual side & medium drink, cost $5.99 in the US.

Late Night Eats

Taco fix? Try Coyo Taco in Wynwood or Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in South Beach. La Sandwicherie offers custom-made sandwiches until 5 a.m daily in Miami Beach.

TJJ Favourite Restaurants

Caribbean / Local Food

Joy's Roti Delight – Lauderhill
Lallos – Lauderhill
L C Roti Shop (cash-only) – Miami
Bon Gout BBQ – Little Haiti, Miami
Chef Creole Seasoned Restaurant – Miami


Cool & Trendy Spots

Sugarcane Raw Bar GrillEclectic small plates & Sushi // Midtown
Yardbird Southern Table & BarFarm-to-table Southern comfort food // Miami Beach
SuViche – Sushi // Wynwood


Upscale Dining / $$$ (for real Foodies)
Zuma – Modern Japanese cuisine // Miami
Stubborn Seed – Bravo’s Top Chef Season 13's Winner, Chef Jeremy Ford // Miami Beach

Instagram @miabrocarnival

Note: TJJ Recommends Events, Food, Mas Bands and Hotels based on where we have been and the services we have used. For events, we recommend the ones with a vibe of 8 or higher.


Thank you Miami for giving us Carnival 2021.


The Carnival Ref; and the 2021 TJJ Miami Carnival Team
-- D' Original Lime Flavor, Juicy Juice, The Carnival Doctor, Soakers Visuals, Tech Yuh Picture, Master Q and Official Vibes

Miami Carnival 2021

We Love Carnival ... We Know Carnival ... WE ARE CARNIVAL


Disclaimer: Professional and experienced TJJ Fet-a-lot-athon® Party Gurus have rigorously tested these Carnival grounds and are providing said recommendations based on the fundamentals that the audience is a healthy rum drinking islander. If while performing any of these actions you begin to feel any dizziness, fatigue or pain please stop and consult your physician immediately.


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