If it were your first time vacationing in the Caribbean and spending two weeks away from work, you would probably sun bathe in the hot sun, drink a cold glass of wine and take tons of selfies in front of all the beautiful scenic views.
Lets just say you got a phone call from one of your islander friends mentioning that Carnival is taking place while you’re out there. You’re more than likely going to be excited and want to make your way down to watching all the immaculate costumes, especially if you’re a first time visitor.
The Caribbean carnival, which originated in the islands of Trinidad & Tobago, is well known for its richness in colors and art, but its cultural repercussions pertaining back to the Caribbean. Demonstrating a sequence and story of events. “Carnival” has transformed into what we like to call a multi-cultural revelry where many islanders refer to it as “Mas”.
“Carnival” usually takes places during the months of February and early March. Featuring in places such as Toronto, Barbados, Miami, London, New York, Baltimore and many more to count on your fingers. Masqueraders enjoy the service of security, food, drinks, costumes and live entertainment. What makes it sound so sweet is that you don’t necessarily have to be considered from the islands to even participate.
People from all around the world travel to be able to experience and witness a new fond of life.
Aside from the major SOCA artist performances and the mouth-watering food, it is really an experience you should try at least once in your life. Whether or not you fall into the category of an “Islander”, surrounding yourself around different cultures sometimes is needed to enhance your awareness. The amount of energy shown from one another is often times contagious. At times, the best part is just going to watch, but many people would say the amount of fun playing in the band is even better.
Growing up, I self-emerged myself into the culture. My dad — being from Trinidad — was heavily instilled in the culture of carnival and would travel all over the world to be apart of it. I grew up constantly listening to Soca music and being surrounded by many islanders and Caribbean cuisine.
My sister and I would participate with my dad at times but we always admired the feathery costumes and the vibrant colors of each band. As the years went on, my dad started to formulate his own Caribbean band. This is the moment I found myself observing as well as understanding the true idea and concept behind carnival.
Carnival doesn’t just consist of the aesthetics, glittery, and feathery costumes. Essentially it’s a chronicle of different cultures evolving and expressing their own creativity. It’s about putting on a production and showcasing art. The spirit of carnival narrows down to “having a good time”.
Next time you so happen to take a trip to the islands make sure experiencing carnival is one of the top things on your list. Here’s some info via gotrinidadandtobago.com:
Trinidad’s Carnival is an explosion of colour, music, revelry, and creativity! Nothing on earth can rival the euphoria and stunning spectacle of our festival! With its massive masquerade bands, spectacular costumes, pulsating music and unparalleled stamina for partying, Trinidad’s Carnival is often described as the greatest show on earth! A time for release and everyone is invited to join the party.
Plan your Carnival trip in advance!
2016 Carnival Monday 8th February
Carnival Tuesday 9th February
Watch us play mas.