Each March Homestead Main Street produces this colorful and hugely popular festival in downtown Homestead. This year the public was invited to come out for the Main Street Carnival Parade along Krome Avenue in Downtown Homestead starting at NW 4th Street
Homestead Main Street is hosting its Annual Carnival Parade and Flavors of the Caribbean Festival, next Saturday, March 16 from 4 to 9 p.m. Parade begins at 5 p.m.
Come out for the Main Street Carnival Parade along Krome Avenue in Downtown Homestead starting at NW 4th Street and ending at Mowry Avenue, and enjoy a colorful and joyful parade with the Mocko Jumbie Junkanoo dancers and band in the lead, with floats, bands and the fabulous dancing horses of Club Hipico Mexico Americano.
This year Go! Latinos Magazine will lead the way with our editors Ervin Palacios and Bertha Lopez as Carnival King and Queen. “The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public. Our idea is to bring the community together in a short but very colorful parade that everybody likes to get involved in,” said Yvonne Knowles, Executive Director of Homestead Main Street Organization.
After the parade, enjoy the exciting Flavors of the Caribbean Festival, with a wide variety of Caribbean food, gift vendors, as well as craft beers provided by Exit One Tap Room. Downtown Homestead’s local restaurants will also be open for visitors.
This year the event will include “The Artists Corner,” where the public is invited to join in the fun as artists put on a live art demonstration in the park. Also, dance to the music of DJ Rawsoul and his Rawsoul Vibes Entertainment throughout the evening along with exciting special guests performing on Losner Stage.
“We are celebrating the ninth year of Main Street’s Carnival Parade and Festival. Last year, we had over 2,000 people show up to the event. Every year we are growing in attendance numbers thanks to our local community. Their participation and support have contributed to the excitement of our carnival celebration.
We would also like to thank our sponsors who make it possible to present these events to the community,” added Yvonne.
The Main Street Carnival Parade and Flavors of the Caribbean Festival is organized by the hard-working members of Homestead Main Street, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the economic revitalization and historic preservation of the Historic District of Homestead.
“The city of Homestead encourages and supports us to organize these events downtown, and we are grateful for that partnership. The colorful and well-attended events assist our local businesses by bringing the community downtown for free, fun, family-friendly celebrations,”
“In addition, since Homestead has a rich and diverse population from all nationalities, Homestead Main Street wishes to highlight and celebrate that cultural diversity. We are a growing community, and that growth is reflected in the many new, vibrant cultural traditions that make Homestead such an exciting and dynamic community today. On March 16, you are invited to join us for the compelling rhythms of Carnival,” stated Yvonne.
Visitors to the festival are invited to park in the parking lot on the west side of Losner Park, entering on NW 2nd Street. Krome Avenue will be closed only during the parade from 4:30 until 6 p.m. This is subject to change depending on crowd size.