Trinidad and Tobago - #1 Location in the World for Carnival
So, your winter is too cold and you need some sun? A friend told you about a Carnival happening around now…somewhere in the world. What’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you think “sun, fun, and an array of spectacular colour” then chances are you’ve already thought of Trinidad and Tobago - the spicy land of steelpan and calypso, flaming with revelers basked in glitter and glamour on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. This country is made up of a cosmopolitan people who know how to have a ridiculously great time.
Since January 1st the momentum has been building up, as preparation begins for “The Greatest Show on Earth” on February 8th and 9th. Many new soca songs (a modern form of calypso with an up-tempo beat) are launched, as revelers gear up for carnival shows and fetes before the big two days. The fusion of both African and Indian culture has produced a melody of infectious chutney music. The number of pre Carnival fetes has skyrocketed over the last few years with lots of parties all over both islands. Some of the most popular ones are Machel Monday, Iwer Wednesday and Wicked In White. Should your children accompany you on this trip, they too can take part in the festivities as Kiddies Carnival is held prior to Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
Steel bands are also preparing for Panorama, a world-renowned competition held every Carnival Saturday where all the best bands compete for first prize. Prior to the finals, each night you can visit the pan yards and enjoy the sweet sound of steel pan music while savouring the taste of a cold local Carib or Stag lager beer.
If you want to literally jump in and join the fun, Carnival costumes can be found both online and at masquerade shops. The essence of a good costume lies in excellent wire bending skills as it requires a huge amount of ingenuity to create the frame which is covered by beads, feathers, fiberglass and bamboo. The finished product is a beautiful ensemble of layered colour that covers the wire inside the costume.
It’s no surprise then that our local costume-making expertise has gained global recognition at international events such as:-
- 1987 Pan American Games
- 1992 Barcelona Olympics
- 1996 Atlanta Olympics
- 1994 World Cup Football
- 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics
So, if you’re looking to have an awesomely hot time during your winter vacation, look no further, come to Trinidad and Tobago - undoubtedly the #1 location in the world for Carnival.
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