Bahamas Masqueraders Rule the Road during Miami Carnival
Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11, 2015 the Bahamas Masqueraders (Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Mas Band) organized a group of supporters to travel to Miami for the 31 Annual Discovery Weekend Caribbean Carnival. The weekend was filled with parties running at twelve hour spans. The contingent partied from morning until night with very little sleep in between. While partying was a part of the weekend the main objective was to promote Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival May 5-7, 2016 and #theWinnersCircle, Bahamas Masqueraders.
The traveling party consisted of fifteen members plus two of their headline DJs who were scheduled to play during the weekend of activities. Friday, October 9 the entire team was in place with an additional group of local Florida residences and Bahamian natives in the mix during the Socavior International Flag Party at America Backyard downtown Ft. Lauderdale. The Aqua, Black & Gold flew with pride as the Bahamas swarmed through the venue in an almost tribal march. 242 rang from every corner of the room as the crowd grew representing their island.
Saturday, October 10 at 7am Bahamas Masqueraders headed to Central Broward Regional Park for Jouvert. Jouvert is a large street party during Carnival. Traditionally, the celebration involves calypso/soca bands and their followers dancing through the streets. Thefestival starts well before dawn and peaks a few hours after sunrise.
Sunday, October 11 Bahamas Masqueraders brought their Junkanoo flair to the Carnival mix playing mas with Wassi Ones (Carnival Band). Wassi Ones are a small carnival group lead by Soca Ambassador Gizzele The Wassi One. Playing mas in the Bright Africa section of the band Bahamas Masqueraders showed the world they #RuleTheRoad with a combination of source power and Junkanoo passion they took the road by storm and destroyed the stage with a native Bahamian Junkanoo performance.