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February 08, 2016

The 6 Best things about Trinidad Carnival!

It's Monday guys and I have today and tomorrow off work for Carnival! As many of you know I'm proudly from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean and we have one of the biggest, if not the biggest Carnival in the world (google the word Carnival - just do it). It draws celebs from all over and the entire country shuts down for two days.

I wasn't going to post today since its Carnival Monday here, but as I sat over the weekend thinking about what to post this week, I realized I couldn't let the week pass by without shouting it out for Carnival.

I'll be short and sweet today ...

Trinidad Carnival

1. The Fetes - The word "fete" comes from our past French influence on the island but it simply means party - huge party. We party for weeeeeks before Carnival. I'm serious - for weeks and weeks leading up to Carnival Monday and Tuesday there are large fetes  (middle pic of collage) every weekend with artists performing their Soca (our local music) hits for the year.

2. Soca Monarch - This is a huge international competition where Soca artists from around the Caribbean and the world enter for the title of "Monarch" of Soca. It's supposed to depict who is the best Soca artist for that year. The finals are always held on "Carnival Friday" night or the Friday before Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

3. Jouvert - On Carnival Monday morning, there is a mud parade if you will, and it's called Jouvert. Well, mud, paint, and sometimes chocolate. In the wee hours of Monday morning people take to the street to party and literally get dirty.

4. Costumes - On Monday and Tuesday, revellers parade the streets in costumes. These costumes are beautiful, if not sometimes really skimpy ;) .

5. Panorama - I realize that a lot of people don't know that the pan was created in Trinidad. But it was, and during Carnival there's an entire competition dedicated to the pest pan orchestra!

6. Heritage / Tradition / National Pride - It's hard to explain to someone how much pride a Trini gets when someone mentions Carnival. We can speak for hours about - the songs that remind of years gone, the revellry, everything. It's part of our history and culture and its ingrained in us. So many trinis abroad "come home" just for Carnival and to experience the complete chaos (in a good way) that is this festival. It really cannot be put into words but if you get a chance, you should visit and see for yourself. 

** I have a pre-written post scheduled for tomorrow but I probably wont be around the blog physically until later this week.

Have a great Monday guys!!

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  1. How fun!! Have a great time at the Carnival!!

  2. So jealous! This looks like such an amazing time! Have a blast celebrating girl! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. That's so awesome. One of my best friends for a long time is from Brazil.. and she is the one who first told me about Carnival. I love the idea of it, and I really hope someday to get to celebrate it somewhere fun!! Trinidad looks like a BLAST! I have a girl in my office who is from Trinidad and she is so nice! :) Happy Carnival love!! XO -Alexandra

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  4. OMG! I am so jealous! I want to make it to Carnival one day! It is on my bucket list! Have so much fun!

  5. OMG I want to go SO BAD! This sounds so amazing!!


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  6. Carnival Tabanca in the house over here!! Of course all the FB photos don't help. I was just explaining to K what jouvert is. He's familiar with the rest although the last time i played carnival, I went without him. lol

  7. i had no idea that's what fete meant. we used it at home but it's hard to explain what for - oh actually, you could just ask your sister, i'm sure she'd be able to explain. like a school fete. anyway. i love the pride you have for carnival. i totally get it, not for carnival of course, but just the pride you have for something that your home is known for. i dig it. enjoy!

  8. Excuse me while I crash your carnival! Sounds so fun!!!

  9. I'm pretty sure I'd be allllll about Jouvert. And Carnival. I love the pageantry of it all!

  10. Looks so fun! I am recovering from New Orleans Mardi Gras today, hope you had as much of a blast as I did.

  11. Looks and sounds so fun! I really want to go there one day! Know anyone giving away free plane tickets for next year? Lol.

  12. How did I miss this one! You captured it all. I've never done J'ouvert but so many people swear by it!!


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