Miami carnival is one of the affordable carnivals you can go to. I’ve gone three years in a row but I hadn’t played mas.
In 2019 , I played with Freaks Mas and we won Band of the Year !!!
I decided in August to go to Miami Carnival. I had already went on so many trips and about to take a big trip in November. But I was convinced to go and I’m so glad I went. It was a little annoying planning because of many factors . The major hiccup was my check was about a month late but I worked my part time job to make some extra cash until I received my check. Now I use Digit for times like these.
Choosing A Costume
Everything was at a stand still because I received a check a month late. I originally wanted to play with Savage Mas Jungle Fever frontline option but it sold out before my check came. I’m the type of person to have to fall in love with the costume. I don’t necessarily pay attention to the band until I choose the costume. I received negative vibes from one band and decided they didn’t need my money . Customer service is very big to me and if I feel disrespected then that’s it ! But I saw Freaks Mas Achilles costume and I fell in love with it. Luckily Freaks Mas is in New York and I had the option to pick it up and have it in my suitcase until I needed it. Distribution took less than an hour . I was fitted for my bra and instructed on how to put on all the pieces. The price includes entrance to Jouvert , food and drinks for Jouvert , entrance to Carnival , food and drinks for Carnival , and of course the costume .
Finally Time To Go
The day has finally arrived! Finally all packed and ready , I order an Uber to LGA . I’m always hours early because I don’t like the long lines at TSA and I never want to miss a flight. NEVER !
As you can see I had a layover . I think of layovers as catching the next train but I try my best to fly nonstop going home. However , Charlotte airport is neatly decorated and very easy to maneuver. I found my gate in no time to catch the next flight.
The apartment was amazing, enough space for me and my two friends. The apartment included two bedrooms , two bathrooms , kitchen , and living room.I was a little too hype for a washer & dryer . We also had access to a pool , jacuzzi , gym and other amenities.
With over 100 parties for Miami , people kept asking me which ones I would be going to. Over the years I haven’t really enjoyed the parties in Miami. I wanted to try a few new ones. I chose based on preference and variety.
Let The Pumpin’ Start
With a quick change , liquor store run , and nap , I was ready for the first party. I decided to skip the popular $2 fete and head over to Darkers. Darkers is presented by Freaks Mas.
At first I thought what the hell !!! It was empty but I don’t necessarily need a crowd. The first DJ , whoever you are , you played amazing with the old school reggae and soca. I was pretty much one of the few people dancing and vibing. If the music is good I’m dancing !!!! Around 2:30/3 I blinked and the place was full. The music was really good and I enjoyed myself. I loved the venue , Treehouse. The decor made you feel like you were in an actual treehouse. It definitely filled my childhood dream of being in a treehouse.
After a nail salon dilemma , I was ready for Friday party , Rise & Shine ! I remember I didn’t like the set up at all. I understand you want to separate VIP and general but I prefer small gates or barricades. I didn’t like the “cage”. Other than that from what I remember it was a decent party and I enjoyed myself. From the pictures , the rain didn’t bother anyone at Shine ! I left early to catch Shorts & Shades. Luckily I was only 8 minutes away driving and I showered and changed to head over to the boat. By the time I arrived it started drizzling and then a few minutes after , it was pouring. Luckily everyone was shielded from the rain. With a little delay , we were finally on the boat. Of course I went straight to the food. The boat ride was vibes !!!! I was a little scared though , one push and I could’ve fell into the water. I don’t remember drinking but I got drunk once again and didn’t even realize I won a free trip. Two parties in one day and all I wanted was my bed but I’m going to try and do 3-4 parties in a day.
Jouvert morning I drunk like a fish , I out on the road ! I blacked out at Jouvert . I remember bits and pieces and I wish I had more to say. From what my friends were telling me I had an amazing time! Sobered up and well rested I headed to One Fete. I love concerts! I saw Farmer Nappy , Swappi , Nadia Batson , Kes , and more. I wish I was in VIP so I could be a lot closer but I’m glad it wasn’t a cage ! I could still see the artists clearly and still had a great time. Kes definitely left me feeling inspired and positive about the way music is supposed to unite each other. I almost shed a tear and y’all know thugs don’t cry !
The BIG Moment
Crazy peopleeeeeeeeeeeee ! Finally on the other side of the fence , I was colorful in my costume and ready to party from morning to night ! It was pretty easy finding Freaks Mas. I ate a little bit and I went back to my friends truck. I stayed with them until it was time to move. Originally I was going to stay with my friend but something told me go to my band ! I’m so glad I did ! The vibes were unmatched ! From distribution to the road everything exceeded my expectations! Exceptional customer service with the section leader from the very beginning, he was very patient and understanding. He went around organizing the crowd , handing out drinks , and just vibing with us. Listen I love my belly and I ate about six times! A drink was always in my hand but I didn’t get too drunk cause I had to find my friends. I will definitely play with Freaks Mas again because of the family vibe I received at the Friday showcase , the outstanding customer service , the well seasoned food , no rudeness from anyone , and of course the gorgeous costumes! It was my first time crossing a stage and I’m not sure how we were judged but I’m happy we won !
It’s the day after Carnival and there’s only one party that will make me stay an extra day in Miami ! SSS BLUE ! I’ve been to several SSS parties but this one is my all time favorite! First of all it’s a cooler fete , so bring your own liquor ! Second of all , it’s a get dutty fete with paint and powder! Third of all , the paint and powder is my favorite color , BLUE ! I learned my lesson from last year and just bought my bottle , no cooler. I was only disappointed in the food which is probably why I got drunk really fast. But other than that it was the perfect way to end my carnival experience.
So for Miami I decided to bring about $300 spending money and $200 emergency money. I don’t think I spent $300. Most of the Uber’s / Lyfts were less than $10. If I bought drinks at parties , I only bought one and pregamed before I got there. I spent a little on food. I’m not a newbie to Miami so I know how to spend when necessary.
I recommend Miami Carnival for all the carnival virgins , it’s safe , fun , and a different experience! If you need any help , contact me !
Talk Di Tings
⁃ DJS please stop playing the Top 40 songs.
⁃ I wish there was more in my swag bag for Freaks Mas.
⁃ Even though I stayed with friends , I partied solo for the most part & still managed to meet a fete friend or two , you will never be completely alone .
⁃ I chose parties based on preference , I wanted a variety .
⁃ I washed all of my clothes before I left !
⁃ I did walk around the neighborhood and saw some nice Cuban art and I ate Cuban food.
⁃ I made a friend at the airport and we took an Uber from LGA saving us both money.
⁃ Do what YOU want to do!
1. Most people fly to Miami airport , but you can also fly to Fort Lauderdale airport and take an Uber for $20 or less.
2. Most people like to stay near South Beach and the famous “Strip” but I like to stay near Wynwood since most events are held there .
3. There are tons of bands to choose from , choose by what you like and based on reputation and price .
4. Phone service is horrible at Jouvert and Carnival , have a meeting spot if you get lost.
5. $550 might seem like a lot but it covers the entry to Jouvert on Saturday morning along with food and drinks , your choice of a shirt or bodysuit for Jouvert , your actual costume plus food and drinks on Carnival day. There are payment plans set up .
6. Over the years , I’ve learned on how to spend in Miami , so I would suggest a budget of $2000 just in case.
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