We brought a few bottles of liquor and snacks with us JUST in case the stores in Miami were closed when we arrived. Immediately upon landing we went straight to Publix and stockpiled food, actually we kinda went overboard on the food. I must give a shout out to Publix for having staff on had to quickly refill the shelves. When there is even a threat of snow in ATL every single aisle in every grocery store is completely empty! Thank god we went straight there cause they closed the doors shortly after we arrived and the liquor stores were CLOSED!
|Just extra for no reaosn|
Yeah it rained hard for like 2 hours and then it was beautiful, clear skies. Le Sigh! Pour out a likkle liquor for all the soldiers that missed carnival cause of the anticipated hurricane.
We were supposed to hit Tribe Ignite Thursday, but that was rescheduled due to the storm. Luckily TJJ Arrivals was rescheduled to an evening, in-door fete so we had something to do with our lives. I rather enjoyed Arrivals, it was great to have something else to do on carnival Thursday evening. We always do Tribe Ignite, except for that one year we tried New Yorkers and hated it and decided to just go back to what we know.
Friday morning in Miami was frekkin beautiful. Charmaine and I strolled through Miami for some shopping while Paco went to resume the costume pick up mission. Rise/Shine which is usually held on Key Biscayne beach Friday afternoon was relocated to America’s Backyard which is HUGE indoor/outdoor compound. Even though this places was massive, they weren’t ready for what hit them. 10 billion, trillion Caribbeans ready to FETE! The bartenders were overwhelmed like a MOFO, one of em even stormed out and quit. LOL!!!
We left Rise/Shine around sunset, now that’s a first! Thanks for throwing all the fete schedules off Hurricane Mathew! Later Friday night Charmaine and I hit the Clevelander on South Beach for drinks and dinner with our chica Jasmine (who we met at Jamicia carnival a few years back).
Around 9am Saturday morning it was time for jouvert, my absolute favorite event at any carnival. What can I say about jouvert to help those not-in-the-know understand? We all have this lil angel and lil devil that sits on our shoulders, Jouvert is where the lil devil gets set free and you get to be as WOTLESS as you want to be. No judgment cause everyone around you is equally in Hot Azz Mess Mode. We just get DUTTY! Get on bad bad bad! The idea that you can have the time of your life old wearing clothes that you care nothing about. No need to comb you hair, just put on a bandana. No makeup, throw on so shades that you don’t mind losing or breaking… what could be more invigorating?
Took a couple hours to get our lives together after jouvert (when I say get our lives together I mean our drunk azzes stumbled into McDonalds, ordered 40 chicken nuggets, a sh*t ton of fries, and stole soda from the fountain machine with our jouvert cups). Took a quick likkle nap and then headed to Soca Brainwash. Brainwash is the fete where you will see the most familiar faces. Its so hard to link on the road or jouvert cause everyone is in different bands. No doubt that we hada frekkin TIME at Brainwash.
After Brainwash it was a WRAP. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz time to rest up for the road march. We had a mini pregame fete at the condo Sunday afternoon. A few of the fellow stormers stopped by and we drank while we got bling’d up. Out of all of us that went to Miami Paco +1 were the only ones who signed up with a band. The rest of us decided to save $400 and just make our own costumes or recycle an old costume. You know what? I'm not even ashamed!
I can’t really speak on the road march cause it’s just a blur. If you don’t remember, that means you obviously had a blast. There is always room for improvement and we discussed things that we can implement next year to ensure even MORE fun is had. *whoop whoop*
|Shout out to these lady for trusting me to make their STORMER costumes|
|My daughter, niece, and friend also stormed carnival|
We were in Tourist mode after that. Took our blue azzes to south beach, of course grabbed some Fat Tuesday ,and then did and ocean scrub to get the paint off. Chillaxed with booze and Mr. Bose for a few hours.
Went to Bayside marketplace for dinner along the water and of course more Fat Tuesday. And like that Miami Carnival 2016 : The Hurricane Edition was over... Miami Good Nite!!
Another carnival where we had “old people fun” a mixture of fete fete fete and chillaxing with friends and alcohol. Our favorite place to chillax of course being our condo balcony.
Every year (I promise every year, never fails) I encounter 1 or 2 people that tell me that they didn’t have fun at Miami carnival. Well you my friend did it WRONG, please take the next 12 months to reevaluate your life and holla at me when you are ready to do it RIGHT!!!
And now I leave you with a recap video