Miami Panorama competition set for October 6

Reigning Champs Metro Steel Orchestra

The highly anticipated Miami Carnival will once again feature its iconic Panorama Steelband competition on Friday, October 6, at Central Broward Park.

This musical event, which runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., is more than just a showcase; it is a testament to the diverse cultural tapestry of South Florida.

Produced by the Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee (MBOHC), the annual event stands out as an international and multicultural percussion music festivity in the region.

Utopia Carnival Cruise & Festival, powering the event, promises an experience filled with authentic Caribbean ambiance.

Among the bands vying for the top spot are Lauderhill Steel Ensemble, Sticks’ n Tones Steel Orchestra, and many more.

Dexter Bleasdell, Panorama Manager for the Miami Carnival, shared his enthusiasm, stating, “At this year’s event, we’re going to have seven bands competing for the trophy, “Aside from the competing local groups, we have bands from St. Thomas, New York City, and Trinidad and Tobago”.

Miami Panman ready to play

The Antigua & Barbuda Ministry of Education, Sports, and The Creative Industries is sponsoring a not-to-be-missed performance by the esteemed Hells Gate Steel Orchestra.

Ernice Gilbert, President of Utopia Carnival Cruise & Festival, expressed excitement about the partnership, noting the event’s significance in celebrating Caribbean culture.

Malissa Sylvester, CEO of Carib Brewery USA, also conveyed her anticipation for the festivities, highlighting Carib Beer’s prominent presence as the official beer of the Miami Carnival.

Bleasdell fondly noted, “At Panorama, people come out to celebrate the steel drum.”

“You have grandparents who love the instrument which debuted more or less around their time. The older generation is excited to see their kids and grandkids participate, so you could easily have three generations sitting in the stands,” Bleasdell added.

With judges hailing from various Caribbean islands, including Trinidad and Tobago, the competition promises to be a strict and accurate reflection of the art form.

The bands will be evaluated on several criteria including performance and rhythm, and defending champions, Lauderhill Steel Ensemble, are eager to clinch the title once more.

As the Miami Carnival draws near, its commitment to uphold the steel band tradition is evident. Bleasdell summed it up, stating that Miami’s Carnival is a beacon for all who cherish the rich Caribbean culture they have inherited or been introduced to.