Category: Festivals — Trinidad

The Trinidad & Tobago Great Race. Photo: Lyden Thomas

Trinidad & Tobago celebrations & festivals

Few things speak more eloquently to Trinidad and Tobago’s reputation as a place where people like to party, and as a multi-cultural melange, than the quantity and variety of festivals on the national calendar.

Machel Montano performs at CIC Fete. Photo by Jermaine Cruickshank, courtesy Machel Montano

Endless Wuk — a Trinidad Carnival Guide

A brief history of Carnival The history of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago can be read as a history of banned things. When the French arrived in the1780s, they brought a tradition of pre-Lenten celebration, most visibly represented by masquerade balls. The island’s economy and society was supported by slave labour, and those slaves were

A menacing blue devil intimidates the crowd. Photo by Atiba Williams

Trinidad Carnival: the birth & evolution

Central to understanding much of the Trinidadian psyche is to understand the festival culture of the island. And no festival is greater than the Trinidad Carnival. The dynamism of the festival has sparked its reproduction throughout the rest of the Caribbean island chain, and as far away as Toronto, New York, Miami and Notting Hill. But everyone knows that Trinidad is the “mother of all West Indian carnivals”, which attracts visitors from all over the world, including international celebrities like Halle Berry. Its roots are here

A moko jumbie dances overhead in Trinidad Carnival. Photo: Maria Nunes

Trinidad: a flow of festivals

This festival island constantly celebrates life, creativity, and diversity – Archbishop Desmond Tutu called T&T a “rainbow nation”. These are some of our most distinctive annual celebrations

A firebreathing jab jab in Trinidad Carnival. Photo: Lyden Thomas

Trinidad Carnival in a nutshell

Love it or hate it, it is a uniquely Trinidadian experience you are unlikely ever to forget

Masquerader. Photo by Stephen Broadbridge

The Trinidad Carnival season

The ritual of Trinidad Carnival involves more than buying a costume and jumping in the streets for two days. Let us initiate you into the customs of Carnival. It’s a season — a lifestyle!