This year will the first that I will be attending carnival and the fetes with a boo. Having seen the videos of fighting couples and the uncomfortable chad in my timeline, I assume those couples had not had a discussion about their ROE (rules of engagement, yes I used a military phrase) at these types of events. I honestly feel that a lot of couples new to the scene may not even know what to expect. So if you are new to Carnival, experienced, and/or new to bringing a significant other with you, this blog is definitely for you. And you know what? This blog is for me too, because its certainly unfamiliar territory for me as well.
In 2015 I was undergoing major changes in my life. I was introduced to Caribbean Carnival as a means to distract me from my depression and pending divorce. I weighed almost 180 pounds. Throughout the past six years, the experience of Caribbean Carnival and its community taught me to love my body regardless of the scale, and has evolved into a major outlet to manage life stressors. Over time, I began to research and study Caribbean culture. In 2018, American Wines Matter (AWM) was born with the aspiration of spreading awareness of the Caribbean culture, encourage all people of varying backgrounds to enjoy carnival, and promote self-love.
AWM Mission Statement
To shed light on an African American woman’s perspective of discovering her roots embedded in Caribbean culture.
To capture the experiences of Caribbean Mas, J’ouvert, fetes and other activities in means that inspires others to embrace the culture, and to dispel many misconceptions of those that do not understand its historical roots.
To share current and developing knowledge through my experiences. To spread awareness and love of Soca and Caribbean Mas to all those interested, especially those who feel that they are not included because of their cultural backgrounds.
To provide guidance/mentorship to experienced/ inexperienced masqueraders and revelers with tips and tricks to make their experiences smoother and less stressful.
To function as a sounding board for various platforms that are making significant cultural contributions to black communities.
To utilize my credentials as a certified Physician Assistant to provide education about healthcare concerns specific to the black community.
To utilize my life experiences, gifts of intelligence, optimism and charisma to cultivate love of self in all women of varying shapes and sizes and to encourage them step outside their comfort zone to enjoy the Caribbean culture..
Heavy into the COVID-19 era, I reflected on how I would do things a little bit differently when traveling for carnival. I decided that for every event I would attend, I would make it a point to seek a culture-related activity to gain some new knowledge to share and broaden my perspective. Listed below are some activities you might want to partake as you head down for Miami Carnival 2021.
New masqueraders need to know what items they will need to make their road experience great. Check out my listing below for my recommendations for hoisery, pasties, bags, and random things you probably didn’t think you needed on the road. And I’ve got the links hunny!