Trinidad & Tobago Carnival is a stunning spectacle bursting with colour, music and creativity, and the euphoric nature of this event has resulted in similar celebrations around the world, e.g. Toronto’s Caribana, Miami Carnival, London’s Notting Hill Carnival and New York City’s Labor Day Carnival, to name but a few have all mimicked Trinidad & Tobago Carnival in some way.
Trinidad & Tobago Carnival is an annual event which is held on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It is the most significant event for the island in terms of its tourism calendar, with a number of cultural events taking place in the run up to the Carnival’s street parade.
The festivities are primarily associated with Calypso and Soca music, with its fast and lively beats providing the soundtrack to the celebrations. Other important elements of the Carnival include, elaborate and colourful costumes, masquerades, pulsating music, fetes, steel-pan shows and competitions with artistic talent of all abilities taking part.
There is a large masquerade of bands with spectacular and often revealing costumes, and pulsating music providing for a grand scale, stunning and exhilarating party where everyone is welcome to join in with the ‘jumping’ and ‘waving’ of the crowd. The party will often go on until the sun comes up. There is a mix of people and diverse cultures and ethnic groups that form the island, and these influence the Trinidad & Tobago Carnival.
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Visit the official carnival website for more information.