Tremors, presented by Generation X, was reportedly the largest masquerade band at last Sunday’s Miami Carnival Parade of the Bands, and the band made quite an impact this year.
For the past month, migrant Caribbean people, resident in Miami, have been having a whale of a time, in the lead-up to Miami Carnival 2012. This year’s edition of the carnival, hailed as “the world’s second best, after Trinidad,” climaxed last Sunday evening inside Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, in Miami Gardens.
Despite hundreds of local passengers being stranded at Piarco last weekend, when American Airlines cancelled approximately 1,000 international flights, following an incident aboard one of its aircraft earlier in the week, thousands of mas lovers descended on the “sunshine state.”
This year’s carnival was staged by Miami Broward One Carnival, an entity comprising the two groups which originally staged two versions of carnival amidst a maelstrom of contention and la couray. The new body is headed by Mario Zamora and its executive director is Ruthven Williams.
Twenty-three masquerade bands participated in the colourful parade, driven by sweet, infectious soca music and zouk rhythms. Some of the bands on parade, with thousands of masqueraders in tow, and some of their portrayals, were Fusion Karnival (Hangover); China Mas Promotions (Leh We Go); Fun Generation (Garden of Angels); and Heritage.