Trinidad Carnival – The ultimate experience:
In Trinidad, it is generally believed that its Carnival originates with the arrival of the French colonizers from the end of the 18th century.
Historical data reveals that the carnival tradition dates back to a time before the period of Western civilization. Rather, most commentators recognize the dramatic element as the basis of the carnival.
About this carnival:
The Trinidad Carnival is a total party and lots of fun. It all starts on Friday with the end of the Soca Monarch competition, a musical event whose final always falls on Carnival Friday.
Two crowns are handed out, one for each category, slow songs, and faster and frenetic songs, and the winners become really important characters.
Then comes Saturday, which starts very early with a parade of masked and disguised people parading in the sun. In the afternoon, an annual championship called Panorama begins, celebrating the traditional music of the festival.
Sunday begins with a meeting on the Maracas beach and a good rest since at night the competition to choose the king or queen of the Trinidad Carnival takes place. It’s Dimanche Gras’s time and participants dress up using weird materials that can include glass, wires, and feathers, and anything else.
Monday also arrives very early, when it is not yet dawn thousands of people converge to celebrate J’ouvert, a street party with typical music and dances throughout the streets. Starring people smeared with paint and oil who has been baptized.
This festival dates back to the time of the liberation of slaves, at which time they can begin to participate in popular festivals.
Finally, it comes to Carnival Tuesday. From early morning until night the narrow and colonial streets are populated by people dressed in color, parading, dancing, singing. In these five days of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, you will realize the English, French and African influence that weighs on all the popular festivals of the Caribbean.
The parades of the peoples of Ghana, Nigeria, etc., they parade through the streets of the town alternating the prayer of the rosary with the happy song, to the beat of the band.
After finishing the prayer of the rosary, the music takes control and it is the fundamental musical expression that invokes the transcendental presence, through rhythm or rather a polyrhythm.
Now, the beat intensifies and the joy reigns. The Virgin begins to dance, just as the mask is danced in the carnival parade. The bearer of the flag also dances and from a distance in the darkness of the sunset.
The observer perceives the white flag waving happily to the rhythm of the rhythmic music of drums and trumpets, and it is about leather drums played with the hand directly as well as timpani.
The Steelband is the central element of the Trindadense carnival, and this Steelband as a cultural phenomenon arose from traditional Yoruba spirituality since the inventors of this musical expression were the Orisha drummers.
When they play those steel bands, they create a rhythmic expression that makes one vibrate with the rhythms of the cosmic energies.
It is a scene that can be witnessed during carnivals. The procession has become a troupe. A return to the seeds, to the classical origins of both civilization and the Church, is made.
Carnival is the most important festival of human civilization. The festival season is a magical moment that facilitates contact between a man and the transcendental forces. That is why during the Trinidad Carnival 2021 the city of Port of Spain becomes a festival space.
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