Miami Carnival goes virtual for 2020
With COVID-19 rates increasing in the United States, this year's Miami Carnival will now move online.
A release from the Miami Broward Carnival Host Committee said that for the first time in 35 years, Miami Carnival would be produced as a virtual experience from Thursday, October 8-Sunday, October 11.
"Miami Carnival is one of the most anticipated Caribbean Carnivals held annually, draws over 75,000 attendees, and contributes to the South Florida area's economic impact during Columbus Day weekend. The Miami Carnival online edition will welcome people from across the globe as they continue the tradition of a top-notch cultural event that celebrates Miami, the Caribbean, music, pageantry, and Caribbean culture over this multi-day experience," the committee said.
The Miami Broward Host Committee said for the first time it is making all the elements of Miami Carnival free to access. The virtual experience is expected to draw audiences across the country and the world.
The event will be hosted at MiamiCarnival.org.
"Everyone has been deeply impacted by the pandemic. Like others, we have been challenged to pivot and reimagine how we can continue to create space for our annual cultural celebration of Miami Carnival," says Joan Justin, Chair for Miami Broward One Carnival Host committee. "While we will miss hosting attendees into the South Florida area, we are excited to share Miami Carnival with a global audience this year. We know that we will persevere through this time and continue to support our community to recover from the global crisis with which our world is faced."
Additional announcements about the online event will be made in the coming weeks.
Miami's decision to make this year's festival a virtual one, follows other major North American Carnivals that have gone the same route.
The West Indian American Day Carnival Association announced their virtual 2020 New York Caribbean Carnival will begin with a “Youth Fest” and then continue with a virtual “Music Fest” featuring popular performers and a “steel band showcase,” focusing on “history, musical masters, pan virtuosos.
A 'Solidarity March' promoting unity, culture and community will be the 2020 grand finale.
Toronto's Caribana is also being celebrated virtually and will culminate with a virtual Road event on August 1.