Trinidad mother of all West Indian Carnivals attracts global visitors

Published on : Thursday, March 9, 2017

Carnivals_of_the_world_will_rally_in_Seychelles_and_parade_side-by-side_in_the_CarnivalThe twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago with its captivating landscapes is home of the best Carnival in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago is celebrated before the commencement of the Lenten season, Bernama News reports.


Trinidad is the mother of all West Indian Carnivals, which attracts visitors from all over the world, including celebrities such as Halle Berry, Idris Elba, Gerard Butler, Will Smith, Chris Tucker, Nikki Minaj, Amber Rose, Danny Glover Mick Jagger and more.


Carnival really isn’t just the Monday and Tuesday. It’s a whole season that essentially starts the day after Christmas Day. Carnival parties (or fetes) begin, and the radio airwaves and local TV music channels are inundated with the latest soca music. It is the irresistible rhythms and infectious melodies of soca — pioneered by Garfield Blackman (aka Ras Shorty I) in the 70s as a fusion of calypso and East Indian music — that are the driving force on the road Carnival Monday and Tuesday and in all pre-Carnival parties.


The festival has developed in size and ingenuity and in recent years has become a feature of Trinidad. Happy people dance to the intoxicating rhythms, shops close, people take time off to watch and if possible take part in the long awaited festival.

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