South Florida Serves As The Perfect Backdrop To Celebrate The Rich Heritage Of The Caribbean Carnival Culture

Miami-FL -- The 2013 Miami Broward One Carnival culminated with a historical moment sealed with a stellar performance by Austin “Superblue” Lyons, the first Calypsonian to win the Soca Monarch title. He ended his set with his popular signature song “Fantastic Friday” and captured the hearts and energy of both his young and mature fans. Boldly unleashing the creativity of producing quality mas with a penchant for themes that resonate with Caribbean-Americans, I Gye Ny Ame (pronounced Gee Nah-May), in their second year, solidified their name in the Miami Broward Carnival history books with the much coveted 2013 Band of the Year title with their portrayal of Return to Glory. They also captured the title for 2013 Female Individual, Alexander Ragoonan, portraying Nimefurahi; 2013 Male Individual Nicholas Pairman portraying Empire Tamer; Queen of Carnival Sheila Boyd portraying Teoxihuitl and King of Carnival David St. Ange portraying Chief Cochise.  Silver Stars Steel Orchestra claimed the title of SteelBand of the Year at Panorama

Carnival revelers could not help getting caught up in the sea of Caribbean Heritage and Pride that was widespread at all the events leading up to the Parade of Bands and Soca concert that took place in Sun Life Stadium. This year’s signature Miami Broward Carnival festivities started with the Jr. Carnival at Central Broward Regional Park with Heritage TNT mas band winning the 2013 Jr. Band of the Year title; Kings/Queens/Individuals with 1 (Gye Nyame scooping up all the titles) and Pantastic Steel band securing the title for 2013 Steel band of the Year. This year’s J’Ouvert was the talk of the Carnival chatter and secured a place within the fabric of Miami Broward Carnival that will continue to grow.

Keeping in touch with their reputation for an adventurous out the box vibe, South Florida’s very own WSVN’s Deco Drive played mas with China Mas Group. Miami Broward One Carnival is truly a festival of food, vibrant colors, music and an indescribable love for the Caribbean Carnival culture.

“The members of 1 Gye Nyame feel honored and blessed by the results of the competition. One can only imagine the numerous personal, as well as team sacrifices, to ensure that the organization was represented to the best of its abilities and which we feel was justified by the final results. The awards that were bestowed on us, including band of the year, is a testament to the talent of those who made this event so successful” , states Jone Larode, Costume Designer

“The music, costumes, and culture of Miami Broward exploded into the South Florida blue skies at Sun Life Stadium. With thousands of visitors and a menu of ancillary events around town, Miami Broward Carnival is poised for growth in South Florida's cultural tourism market as it approaches its thirtieth anniversary," said Marlon A. Hill, general counsel to Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee, Inc.

Miami Broward One Carnival thanks the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners for their support. Sponsors include Law Firm of delancyhill P.A. Carib Beer, Caribbean Airlines, Tampico, the City of Miami Gardens, Sun Life Stadium and a host of media, print, TV, radio, and social media and their respective personalities.

Dates for 2014 -Miami Broward One Carnival Jr. Carnival- Sunday, October 5, 2014
Friday; October 10, 2014-King/Queen/Individual and Panorama
October 12, 2014-Miami Broward One Carnival
Media inquiries: Yvette N. Harris, Harris Public Relations at 786.897.8854