Miami Broward Carnival: Survivor’s Guide

We’re waiting in eager anticipation for the upcoming Miami Broward Carnival 2015, set from Wednesday, October 7 to Monday, October 12. But such a marathon of fetes require some serious preparation. Check out these six tips to have your best, most easy Miami Broward Carnival yet!

Stay cute (and comfy)

This may be obvious, but for Carnival, no matter how cute your shoes are, leave your strappy sandals at home. All that jumping, gyrating and marching needs some more serious foot support. Instead, opt for cute sneakers in bright colors (ideally matching your band costume.)

Stay sun safe

Just because you don’t sunburn doesn’t mean you don’t need protection. Keep that skin sexy for all your carnivals to come with strong, waterproof sunscreens with high SPF. Some sun blocks also come in beautiful shimmering tints that add a sexy, soft glow while protecting your skin.

Keep hydrated

Hard core Carnival soca aerobics can burn a lot of energy. Between your favorite “adult” beverages, be sure to drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated and ready to march to the beat all day long. No one likes to poop out early from beer fatigue.

Get a plan

A little pre-planning can go a long way. Pick your carnival schedule for the week in advance and stick with it. Pace yourself. It’s also best to pre-purchase discounted tickets online rather than at the door. And don’t just watch! Playing mas is a must-do experience, so check out the many bands accepting late registrations.

Get the goods

An event like Miami-Broward Carnival demands some good old Caribbean home-cooking. Playing mas is no joke; you need some seriously delicious carbs like roti or dumplings to carry you through. So avoid the lines at your favorite Caribbean restaurant by placing bulk orders in advance for pick up.

Get a ride

With people coming from across the state and around the world for the festivities, save the pain of traffic by carpooling with friends, and be sure to assign a designated driver. If you get stuck in traffic, at least you’ll be stuck together, jamming to your favorite soca tunes.

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