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Miami Carnival parade masqueraders march through Miami Gardens as the colorful pageantry and infectious music of the Caribbean took center stage. Here, Tamara Husbands, left, and Jomanha Joseph groove to the sounds as they make their way down NW 199th street to enter the stadium, Monday, October 11, 2010, in Miami, Florida. (C.W. Griffin/Miami Herald/MCT)

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Miami Carnival is going down this weekend which means you have just two days to prepare if you’re joining in the festivities. 2017 marks 33 years of Carnival in Miami and preparations are well underway with Hurricane Irma behind the city, as the official site notes.

From 7 am – 3 pm Saturday, J’ouvert will take place, with the parade following on Sunday from 11 am – 11 pm. Because this is my first Carnival ever, I had a few questions, and now that I have those answers I figured I’d pass them along to you in case this is your first time taking the plunge as well. I’ve also added in a few reminders for the seasoned vets. So, with that being said, here are 9 tips for surviving Miami Carnival.

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