“What a time” as my grandmother Annie Diggiss would say. It was sumtin’ last night boy! I attended Miami Broward Carnival Parade and Concert at FIU’s Fair Grounds. But first can we address why we had to “walk a mile and a half” to get to the entrance? I was walking so fast, my Apple Watch activated assuming I was working out; but I digress.
The devil was busy because the weather was not trying to let these hips activate. It was storming in both Dade and Broward. I finally made it on di road at 7:45pm and after looking for parking and my 18 mile hike, I made it to the entrance—it was well after 9pm and di party done at 11pm! So, I had to get it in quick. I was already warmed up from my sprint. As I got closer, the music was blasting, bass pumpin’, hips rollin’, and di herbalist dem was in full effect—it was ripe!
As I walked in Blaxx’s “Mash it up” was pumping on the soca stage. Mi reach! I haven't been to Carnival since COVID so, it was a celebration for many reasons. It felt right. In natural riddim, I walked and wined looking for a familiar face. I finally located my crew after 20 minutes of texting back and forth and I was able to settle into my excitement.
All di Queen’s were representing Nadia Baston and Patrice “Again” Robert’s were carryin’ on bad. The crowd continued to thicken gravitating towards the stage as all of our favorite tunes were playing. Then it shifted—the crowd in unison chanted “Backyard Jam” to Farmer Nappy’s smooth and groovy tune…eyyyyy! And den di stage get mash up with Skinny Fabulous! Woieeeeeeeee! Listen, rags were waving, people were jumpin’, waist lines were wukkin’ up! It was sweet!
And di man dem couldn’t stay off of Shanna Woods CEO of Lavish Lovin. Dem oils and cremes was poppin’ hunny. I mean left and right dey was pulling up for a wine! Yassss sis…and she gave them what they were looking for. Y’all bettah get these natural products.
The evening ended with our ritual of receiving the blessings from the Carnival Costume Gods! Thank you for another wonderful year of embodied freedom, cultural expression, and multicultural diasporic joy! See you next year!