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Following emancipation, the newly freed slaves took over Canboulay; And that is how we have J’ouvert!”

Traditionally, the celebration involves calypso/soca bands and their followers dancing through the streets. The secret to its difference to the Mas Day Parade is traditionally it starts before dawn and revelers dance into daylight with the rising of the sun, caked in mud, oil and other pasty materials. The head trip comes from the early morning rise, into a beautiful mess, out to the road for sweet soca and the incremental rise to its peak, a few hours after sunrise. It is boasted from some as the BEST PART of Carnival, which is a tall order, because ALL Carnival is Magnificent! Miami Carnival J’ouvert is not an event to miss.