The energy of thousands of masqueraders moving to the beat of bone-rattling soca music makes Miami Broward One Carnival one of Florida’s most distinctive events.
SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER
MIAMI – The Miami Broward Carnival One Host Committee culminated the 2015 Miami Broward One Carnival season with a kaleidoscope of colors and pageantry last week.
This year, more than 15,000 masqueraders competed for the coveted Band of the Year title at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds. One Island Mas captured the championship title in front of more than 35,000 attendees.
Heavyweight soca artists kept the high-energy vibes going at the post-Parade of Bands concert.
Trinidad’s Queen of Bacchanal Destra and the Bakanal Band, Xplosion Band, Patrice Roberts, Dil-e-Nadan, Fadda Fox, Snakey, MnM Music Menace, Boasta & Mello, Laurena Davis, Claudette Peters, Rudy, Ricardo Drue, Julien Believe and Lyrikal all performed.
MC Wassy and MC-Da Mighty Pencil presided on stage, and kept things moving. Notable DJs included Dynasty, SoSo, DJ Waggy T of 99 Jamz, Renny, Supa Trackz, Choice-One, Rude-Deck and Barrie Hype.
Miami Broward One Carnival winners
Female Individual: Nicole DeNobriga of Mascots International, “Mythical Legend of the Trapeze.”
Male Individual: Raphael Dalrymple of Mascots International, “Spirit of the Circus.”
2015 Queen: Shelia Boyd of Island Gems Mas, “Nani Yehi.”
2015 King: Jean Pierre De Gannes of Mascots International, “Picoca The Circus Ringmaster.”
Junior Carnival winners
First place, individual female: Skye Ramos of Heritage TNT, “The Enchanted Peacock.”
First-place male individual: Nicholas Sinanan of Heritage TNT, “Serenity.”
First-place Queen: Briana Charpentier of Heritage Royalty Kids, “The Gem.”
First place King: Jadan Chan Tack of Heritage TNT, “The Majestic Chinese Dragon – Good Karma.”
The 2015 Panorama winner was Pantastic Steel Orchestra.
Next year’s Miami Broward Carnival is set for Sunday, Oct. 9.