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Next year, the Miami Carnival will celebrate its 40th anniversary. However, the organisers have already begun the celebrations.

The event, which is promoted by Miami Broward One Carnival, will get the ball rolling at this year's staging which is scheduled over four days from September 30 to October 8.

Jamaican John Beckford, Miami Carnival's director of marketing and sponsorships and who also serves on the board of sirectors, said: "Miami Carnival has grown through the years thanks to the support of our patrons, revelers, sponsors, and stakeholders, along with our staff and volunteers. We have a unique cultural event that captures the elements of all Carnivals, and we have the opportunity to showcase our Caribbean culture and heritage to South Florida and the world."

He added that the event attracts a wide demographic of participants each year.

"We are an all-inclusive event that is open to all so there is no one to target per say. Over the years the support has been strong. We have a 93 per cent patron return rate."

Asked what he believes has kept the interest in the event going after almost 40 years, Beckford said: "Miami Carnival residents enjoy coming out to see the kaleidoscope of colours and the beauty of the pageantry of both the Junior Carnival Parade as well as the adult parade and concert. And who doesn't love J'Ouvert!"

The line-up of events for Miami Carnival 2023 includes the Junior Carnival on September 30, which will feature nine mas bands; Steelband Panorama on October 6, which will see seven steel band orchestras competing for trophy and cash prizes; J'Overt on October 7, featuring 26 bands, while Carnival Sunday, October 8, will showcase over 19 mas bands hitting the road.

Carnival Sunday will culminate with a massive concert featuring headliner Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons and the Viking band, Olatunji, Skinny Fabulous, Julien Believe, Pumpa, Asa Bantan and others.

"Patrons can expect four event days of Carnival celebrations like they have never experienced anywhere else," said Beckford.

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer

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