The biggest event in the Caribbean is here! February 8 + 9, will mark the parade days of the annual, much anticipated Trinidad + Tobago Carnival. Thousands of revelers will join masquerade bands, elaborate costumes, + endless music as on the streets of the islands.

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Photo Courtesy of Georgia Popplewell/Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

More than just a party, it is an explosion of culture, history, music, color + creativity. Carnival’s history began during the eighteenth century, when European colonials brought their customs, masquerade balls, and African slaves with them to Trinidad + Tobago. From Christmas to the beginning of Lent, there would be endless feasts, balls, and celebrations – of which the slaves were not allowed to participate. As such, the slaves held their own festivities that mocked their masters’ antics, and also incorporated folklore.

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Photo Courtesy of Georgia Popplewell/Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Popplewell/Flickr - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Photo Courtesy of Georgia Popplewell/Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The 19th century brought the abolition of slavery and ultimately freed slaves took their once secret parties from the barracks to the streets of the islands. The flare and flavor of Carnival has morphed with time and the addition of new cultures + populations to the island. The traditions, music, food + atmosphere of Carnival, now, are a reflection of the diverse culture + population of the islands.

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