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Feelin' so fly ... like a G6!
Where did the year go? I just barely bat my eye lids following a mad summer of carnivals (DC, Houston, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, London and New York) and it was October already. Yes, the home stretch of TJJ's annual Carnival Marathon ... Miami Carnival!
For some odd reason, promotions for this year's ONE Carnival got off to a very late start, so we must big up all the promoters for stepping up and creating the much needed buzz to let the rest of the world know that Miami Carnival 2010 was in fact going to be on and popping. (Side note: What ever happened with Las Vegas Carnival?)
Our fete lineup was pretty much the same as past years, and as usual, both Carnival Friday and Saturday were the tricky days as far as coverage ... PARTIES FOR DAYS! And good ones too!! How must one choose??!! Now our regular TJJ Miami crew did change up this rounds (you guys were missed), but we were happy to have both Scorn and Posh Juice back in the Sunshine State all the way from the UK, along with new hands on deck for the season ... Frenchie, Coop and Popot Barbie Juice.
From the minute we touched down in Miami, carnival weekend or not, all the airwaves were pumping the same hits over and over again... "Love the Way You Lie", "Dynamite", "I Like It", "Bottoms Up" and not forgetting everyone's anthem for the weekend ... Far East Movement's "Like a G6"!! So as you hum along to the lyrics ...
"Poppin bottles in the ice, like a blizzard
Here's how our Miami Carnival 2010 weekend unfolded...
Now with at least five (5) really good fetes (that we know of to-date) taking place on Friday night and members of the team dropping like flies we were forced to abandon THC's "Evening Miami" party. Friday night was real paaaacccceeeeeeee ... "Super F.R.I.E.N.D.S.", "Black & White Fantasy", "ShorBlu's Miami Vice - Roof Top Style", "Scruples Miami Free Drinks Block-O" (still shedding a tear that I wasn't able to make it this year) and "Socavivor 10 - Jouvert/Block Party Intl Flag Night".
TJJ Carnival Guidebook Chapter 4; Section 1c:- Boat Rides (at least one good Booze Cruise) and a J'Ovuert should be mandatory for ALL Carnivals!
Unfortunately, Hysteria 'Ultra-Elite All-Inclusive Carnival Day Fete' got cancelled due to some last minute venue issues, but our teams were still kept hard at wuk at "Red Eye Breakfast Party", "Virgin Islands Festival and Reunion", "Luxe Life: The Yacht Party" and "D' Ultimate All Inclusive Miami Day Fete 2k10" during the day before running off to both "R.A.V.E - A Real Artist Vibe Experience" (new comer to the Saturday night line up) and "Vale Vibe Miami" (in its Sophomore year). We are still yet to return to check out the popular Convention Center Fete 'Socafest'. We tryin', we tryin'!
The actual parade route was definitely too short before entering Sun Life Stadium, especially with the speed the bands were moving. But once in the stadium, the pace slowed down drastically and masqueraders definitely got a opportunity to eat, drink and enjoy the revelry on the road. Police cars were the day's target!
Congrats to Generation X on wining "Band of the Year" with their 2010 presentation 'Cocktails'. China 'Evolution' Mas took 2nd followed by Fun Generation 'Somewhere in Africa'. Shout out to Mascots International (and the Sankar family) for the usual TJJ love. Ohhh, we must make mention of Carnival Nationz Miami ... we swear that band had over 200 women and no more than 16 man in the band! Presssssuuuurreee!!
The Tiapan of Soca, Machel Montano, was the Grand Marshall at the parade and was presented with a special 'Cultural Achievement Award' for his contributions to the industry and Carnival Culture worldwide. Our favourite Soca couple, Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons were the headline act at the concert, which also included acts such as Tizzy & El-A-Kru and Sir Oungku & Red Hot Flames.
We wrapped up our Miami Carnival coverage with "I Love Soca Miami Edition" down on at a ram jam Mango's on South Beach Sunday night. (Side note: Whatever happened with "Eden" this year?)
Stick ah folk in it peoples ... IT'S DONE! See you in the next fete!! Oh, I just have one quick note to write to my good friend, Carnival....
Dear Carnival ... It was great sharing all of the wonderful memories with you this year around the world. However, I will be taking a leave of absence until further notice. Looking forward to spending quality time with you again in 2011! ps. You had me at hello... or in this case "wine"!
The club can't even handle me right now,
and The 2010 TJJ Miami
Carnival 2010 Team
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.