Updated: Jun 18
Miami Carnival 2021 will go down in history as being one of the most EPIC post-pandemic Carnivals ever. When all the other Carnivals got cancelled, Miami was the only destination that got the green light. Carnival Tabanca was at its all time highest as the last major carnival was Trinidad Carnival 2020, which was a year and a half prior. Carnival was BACK!!!
With costumes and feathered backpacks ranging from anywhere between one and two thousand US dollars, all eyes are focused on the women. In Trinidad, there is a saying
“Carnival is Woman”
It’s easy to understand why. The production that goes into getting ready for Carnival as a woman is often times on par with, or even more expensive than what a woman spends on herself in preparation for her wedding day. In fact, between ‘chipping down the road’ and walking down the aisle -to some- there is no difference. On Carnival day -and rightfully so- every woman is a Princess and that’s why most Carnival costumes come with tiaras. In this business the rule of thumb suggests that whatever a woman spends on her costume, she will spend the equivalent on herself: hair, makeup, lashes, wax, nails, spray tan, body bronzer, stockings, and boots
“I wasn’t startled by the turnout and support from our Glam Queens when we announced our 5th staging of Carnival GLAM Hub-Miami. After all, it had been 1 year of no Mas. During our gap year, we never stopped working. We focused on improving our logistics, marketing & overall experience. Miami Carnival would not have been possible without the support from our GenX Family, Bomb Mua’s & hairstylists, photographers, staff members, and other partners. My team and I are so grateful to everyone who participated in Carnival GLAM Hub-Miami. We are also thankful for the amazing GLAM Queens, who trusted us and chose us to be a part of their Carnival experience. We look forward to getting more GLAM Queens GLAMMED, as we take on other Carnival destinations.” – Gabby Glam
Miami is Carnival Glam Hub’s fifth staging, having previously done Jamaica (2018 & 2019), Barbados (2019), and Trinidad (2020). It would be the first staging since the cancellations of St. Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica and Miami due to the pandemic.
Carnival Glam Hub brings a level of spa-like services to the Carnival Space. Not only are all the services located under one roof, but Glam Hub comes with all the modern-day trappings of an all-inclusive luxury salon, complete with champagne and mimosas on entry. The detail-oriented GLAM team thought of everything: coffee/tea station, air-conditioned lounges and waiting rooms, wing and bag check, spacious changing rooms with life-size mirrors, an in-house seamstress, dressing assistants, and a shuttle service that transported you to your band. Masqueraders had the opportunity of booking service appointments online months in advance which included: makeup, hair, body bronzing, breakfast, and photoshoot.
Kibwe McGann, CGH Co-Founder with Bonnie Hoe, Influencer and Qimmah Russo, Fitness Influencer According to co-founder Kibwe McGann: Carnival Glam Hub will continue chasing carnivals and provide value-added services for masqueraders. On our radar for 2022, we’re looking for the return of Carnival in Jamaica, Trinidad Carnival, St. Lucia and Caribana. Miami Carnival demonstrated that hosting Carnival events and parties in a pandemic is possible. The testimonials from Carnival Glam read like a New York Times bestseller: “It was amazing!! From the minute I walked in right till the end. Love love love my makeup! My hair is super cute and Brian, the photographer took some bomb pics of me Oh and shout out to the lady with the curly hair for helping me with my backpack. Y’all are awesome!” – Lisa Shakespeare | Travel Influencer @shakespeareagency
“ My glam hub experience was Amazing, thank you guys so much” – Alicia Gordillo | American actor, model, singer, and a vine artist @official_janina Phillipa Hogarth“I really love how I was treated from booking my appointment to walking out ready to enjoy the road. I felt safe as all covid protocols were observed , the makeup artist was lovely! She Made sure I was comfortable as well as ensuring we both were on the same page as to what I wanted. The team was on point with setting me up for my photoshoot! I got my pictures in a timely manner! I will be booking with Carnival Glam Hub again 10/10!” – Phillpa Hogarth @snowwhitehogie
Shameless Plug Carnival Glam Hub destinations: Jamaica, Trinidad, St. Lucia, Barbados, Miami. Book early. Bookings are transferable between destinations. Follow us: Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @carnivalglamhub.