Tough economy can't stop thousands of Carnival revelers in Miami

The Miami HeraldOctober 11, 2009 

This is the moment that Dania Joseph has been saving for.

She has skimped on new clothes, clipped coupons and squirreled away a few dollars here and there.

All so she can sojourn to Miami this weekend and be among the revelers in a Super Bowl-like display of Caribbean culture -- carnival.

Joseph is by all definitions a carnival baby: a gyrating, soca-music-loving partygoer who revels in the rhythm and pageantry of it all.

``It's embedded in me,'' said Joseph, 30, who lost her administrative job with Lehman Brothers in New York a year ago and arrived here from Long Island, just days before Sunday's Miami-Broward One Carnival.

``Even though there is a recession going on, people want to have some kind of fun, forget about the mundane stuff and be free for a couple of hours.''

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