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Going to Caribbean Carnival as a Couple

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Even couples go to a Caribbean carnival together. Check out these couples that talk about how they navigate the carnival experience together.

Setting expectations and the spirit of Carnival.

The w(h)ine: a dance stemming from ancestral fertility dance that you will commonly see at Caribbean carnival and fetes. The energy of the festivities can be viewed as (overly) sexual if you have not researched, or you are outside a West Indian upbringing. 

The spirit of carnival is freedom of expression, joy, and sharing the experience.  And while many people would agree, people still have boundaries that should be honored. And make no mistake, there are people OF the culture that have their own limits and take on these festivities with rules of engagement (ROE).   And if you are in a relationship with someone you are taking with you to carnival, it is key to have a mutual discussion beforehand. 

Communication is key.

In my relationship, Im a huge communicator and I am big on setting mutable boundaries, even at Carnival.  When I approached him on the subject, he was actually very shocked at my line of questioning . But he kept very simple: “No jealousy stuff.”  Okay, well what does that mean?  How long do you dance with someone? Is there anything that is off limits? (Juking, getting picked up, wheel-barrowing, etc).  And after many questions, we both realized that there are some things we should actually discuss before setting out to Carnival.  I was genuinely glad that we had that discussion before hand!

Questions to ask...

Below is a list of questions developed from a conversation I had with my significant other about going to carnival together.   If you are seasoned feteran you may find this not necessary for you, or discover that you indeed have some things to share with your partner.  And if you and/or your significant other is new to fetes, this may be helpful to you too.

  1. What would make you uncomfortable if I danced with someone else?
  2. What do you feel would not be appropriate for us to do with other people?
  3. What would make you feel uncomfortable about being touched by another person?
  4. How will we communicate with each other if one of us becomes uncomfortable?

Couples that go to Caribbean Carnival together

couple at caribbean carnival fete
Couple at Caribbean Carnival

About 1 1/2 years into the relationship and there was never any rules set or discussed, we met in party/fetting mode and it was some type of unspoken agreement that dancing with others is ok, fun, and part of the scene. I speak for myself when I say I'm not the jealous nor possessive type of partner, where I as well would like to wine up on male or female and at the end of the day we accomplish the purpose of the outing, which is to have fun and be free!!!

couple at caribbean carnival jouvert
Couple at Caribbean Carnival

Ok so to be honest, we’re here struggling to find an answer lol. We’ve been together for over 10yrs and we partied together all those years and never discussed “rules”. There was always some sort of common understanding/respect for each other. For example you won’t see my husband stabbing out someone on the ground 🥴 He was never that type of feter, so I never had to say “hey please don’t do xyz at fetes”. And the same goes for me, we take our lil whine and move on, nothing dramatic or over-sexual. Apart from the whining part, we generally stay near each other. We usually pick a truck/ section of the fete to go to in case we get separated. If we go with a group then sometimes we may be apart for a while.

couple at caribbean carnival fete
Couple at Caribbean Carnival

We actually don't have any specific rules (that we have ever had to discuss). We have been together for more than 10 years now and discovered our love for Soca and Carnival together. I think general rules of courtesy apply at Carnival as they would elsewhere. But in terms of dancing with others, etc. no rules and I wouldn't think they would make sense either. Because Carnival is about freeing up and celebrating not thinking about rules. If a person and their partner are truly for each other and in tune nobody will do stuff that will offend the other naturally.

couple at caribbean carnival jouvert
Couple at Caribbean Carnival

I wouldn't so much call it rules per say but more of a respect of each other's cultural beliefs and comfort levels. I will not allow any man to dance on me out of respect to my husband and he does the same when it comes to women wanting to dance. We both tend to have jealous tendencies and hot tempers and respect that in each other. With that being said in 15 years you can't always stop an unprovoked wine and those are always handled with a step to the side and the other person not getting upset as we both know that this is the norm for fete and mas culture ❤ Also there is always little joke wines with very close friends. But we go to all fetes together, and prefer this as we actually feel off when not with each other at events. When it comes to mas though, if local I play mas without him, if international he joins me.

Couple at caribbean carnival fete
Couple at Caribbean Carnival

So when we talked about it, our only rules for feting together was, I can't get picked up or be on the ground with someone, and he can’t pick anyone up and be on the ground with someone but we have been feting together pretty much our whole relationship and we’ve come to understand you need a bit more discernment than that. There are unspoken respectful rules we abide by that I think don’t require us to communicate, we just do them. Like I’m not about to get daggered or do anything that causes me a lot of attention while he’s right there and vice versa. We’re both all over the place sometimes, but always have an idea of what area the other person is in. Sometimes we only dance together, and that’s fine too but we both know we have the freedom to wine up on anyone in the place.

Forward thinking.

Communication and respect is key. If you are new to the Carnival/fete scene and you are brininging a significant other with you, its imperative to establish clear lines of communication.  Understand you are not going to know what you don’t know.  Sometimes you wont even know you have a boundary until you are met with a challenge. I encourage all couples to be open minded, patient and understanding when it comes to charting unfamiliar territory.  I hope that this discussion broadens your perspective, and maybe even encourages a discussion that you didn’t think you might need.  Don’t forget the overall premise of the festivities is freedom and joy! Most importantly, have fun.

 

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(Culture) Activities for Miami Carnival

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Enjoying the culture consciously.

As Miami Carnival approaches, we are all stuck on which costume to choose, lodging, and what fetes to attend.  But let’s not forget to give back to the culture and the community by patronizing some of the local businesses and initiatives.  Ive researched a few places and even took some recommendations to share.  Below you will find a few along with brief information taken from their websites. These would be great activities post-carnival too, or if you don’t have any fetes planned for some time. Caribbean culture is not JUST carnival. Let’s explore together!

Island Space Caribbean Museum

Island Space Caribbean Museum in Plantation, FL.

Island SPACE Caribbean Museum
(Located on the northeast corner of Westfield Broward mall)
8000 W. Broward Blvd #1422
Plantation, FL 33388
Phone: 954-999-0989

Opening Days and Hours
Thursday to Sunday | 11:00a.m. to 7:00p.m.
Monday to Wednesday | Closed

Admission
Adults: $10.00
Children: $5.00

Island SPACE Caribbean Museum is an archive, exhibit and event space in Plantation, Florida featuring a collection of artifacts, iconic paraphernalia, cultural relics and historical data and fine art representing South Florida’s Caribbean communities. Inside the facility, guests learn the story of the history, heritage and culture of the Caribbean people and the impact of the Caribbean Diaspora on the American landscape. Our mission is to elevate the profile of Caribbean art, history, and culture in every form throughout South Florida and the broader diaspora.

The goal of the Museum is to establish a one-of-a-kind space to unify the fragmented Caribbean communities and celebrate the shared Caribbean experience while building a prestigious, well-respected attraction for visitors from around the world. Additionally, the Museum will preserve and promote Caribbean history, culture, art, and traditions and engage multiple generations of Caribbean-Americans in the diaspora to learn about their ancestry and heritage.

Little Haiti Cultural Center and the Caribbean Marketplace

Little Haiti Cultural Complex and Marketplace
212-260 NE 59th Terrace
Miami, FL 33137
Hours:
Monday – Friday 10 AM to 9 PM
Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.

The Miami Carnival costume showcase was actually held here, and I got to check out the  pop-up shops in the Caribbean marketplace and enjoy the live Kompa music playing. Their popular Caribbean Market day happens on Saturdays, so be sure to check it out if you have time!

LHCC offers a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to gain exposure to Afro-Caribbean culture, expand their knowledge of the arts and develop new talents. The complex is committed to fostering imagination, creativity and positive experiences for children and adults year round.

Perez Art Museum (Caribbean Cultural Institute)

Perez Art Museum (Caribbean Cultural Institute)
1103 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

305 375 3000 

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 2-9 PM
Friday  – Sunday: 11-6 PM
 

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) holds one of the most significant collections of contemporary Caribbean art in an American museum, especially its Cuban holdings. Its evolving Caribbean art collection represents PAMM’s commitment to reflecting the artistic and cultural richness and diversity of the Caribbean and its diaspora from the modern period to the present moment. These artworks span almost a century of creative expression in various media including painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, textiles, video, photography, artists’ books, and mixed media art.  

The CCI develops research and scholarship on the museum’s current holdings and promotes the growth of its Caribbean art collection. With works from artists from the diaspora, insular, and continental Caribbean, the museum’s collection nurtures a cross-cultural approach to Caribbean art and acknowledges both its diversity and its specificities. Promoting the visibility of Caribbean art and culture in Miami, the CCI aims to expand the research and collection holdings of areas still not represented in PAMM’s collection.  

Caribbean collection highlights can be found here.

Historic Hampton House

The Historic Hampton House:
4240 NW 27th Ave #3010, 
Miami, FL 33142
(305) 638-5800
 
Hours of Operation
Summer Hours: Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
Thursday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
 
Tours:
11AM, 1PM, 4PM
 
To schedule group tours, please email
info@historichamptonhouse.org
 

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During this time, the Hampton House was the place to see and be seen in Miami’s black community, replacing the former hotspots of Overtown, like the Sir John. Overtown’s community began to fall into disrepair as the more affluent members of the neighborhood migrated to Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood in the 1960s after the opening of Liberty Square apartments.

In 2015, The Historic Hampton House started its restoration of the Miami Green Book motel on a $6 million budget, thanks to the efforts of the preservationist Dr. Enid Pinkney’s single-minded focus.

After nearly two years of construction, the Historic Hampton House was restored and updated to function as a historic and cultural epicenter in Miami’s Brownsville corridor.

With the completion of the facility in the budget, the Historic Hampton House is now challenged to become a reputable and renowned museum empowered to share America’s story of discrimination and racism as it relates to African Americans and people of color.

More to come!

Be sure to stay tuned for my listing on restaurants and other businesses to support during your Miami Carnival festivities. I hope that you have fun at the fetes and on the road, but I also hope that you leave with new knowledge to share with others. 

 

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Discussing Carnival with Friends and Family

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The fun side.

After a few years of playing mas, I found myself visiting my dad and his wife at home in Harlem, NY.  Because the Army has loved stationing me no-where-near my hometown, I only go home maybe once or twice a year.  I remember sitting on my dad’s couch petting his dogs and catching up on what I had been up to since we last physically saw each other.  Somehow, I ended up discussing carnival.  My dad’s wife had seen the photos of me on social media and initially had some reservations going into a full blown discussion because she was HEAVY into the church, and anything not related to the Lord was “worldy”.  I initially imagined her telling me that I needed to give up the feathers, and come to church with her.  But I braved the discussion anyway about Carnival, what it meant to me, its cultural significance and was shocked to find her very supportive.  She even mentioned that maybe one day she would get in costume and join me on the road.

My best friend is a strait-laced Catholic.  Seriously, I do not understand how we ended up as best friends. But in natural best friend fashion, she loved to see me happy and admired the photos and videos of my joy.  Watching me closely as a best friend should, she found herself in awe of my confidence on the road even as my weight fluctuated with the life changes. My bestie is also Brazilian, and very much in tune with the African-influence of her culture.  She felt inspired and wanted to know what it was like to feel that free.  Last year, she registered to play mas with me for the very first time at Atlanta-Dekalb…but of course, COVID-19 had something to say about that.  She is still desiring to experience that infectious joy and hopes to be able to get on the road with me in the future.  I can’t wait to see her in costume.

A High-Five in the Face.

Dating a non-masquerader was touched on in a previous blog, so hit the hyperlink if you’d like to learn about my experience there.

I remember shortly after either my first or second jump in Atlanta-Dekalb carnival, I got a phone call from my sister.  She was clearly pressed and I asked her wha had happened.  A family member on our father’s side had seen our photos on social media.  He was so upset by what he saw that he had to call my own father to tell him that we were “parading half naked in the streets” and that we needed a talking to; a check on our morals if you will.  At that time, I had not completely done my research on the culture and frankly had no rebuttal about what I had heard other than its part of a culture. Im a grown ass woman and I’ll do as I please.  Luckily, said family member never fixed his fingers to dial my number, and my dad is just happy that I am doing well in life, and could care less as long as I was safe, sane and happy.

Sometime after a deployment, another family member visited me to help me put my home together.  We spent approximately one full week together catching up on life and getting my affairs in order.  I told him about Carnival and he found himself excited all the WRONG REASONS. Showing him photos from carnival provided a different type of reference that was not intended.  For him, Carnival was something purely sexual, and an opportunity to objectify women.  Although I had educated him on its significance, his mind was fixated on sexualizing masqueraders and I was not going to have any of it.  My invitation to share this experience with him was immediately rescinded.

An Educated Advocate.

Over the years, I have engaged many perspectives and have handled them in unique ways.

Having been an uneducated masquerader myself, I genuinely see both sides of the coin. Over the years, my defensiveness with snide remarks and misunderstandings has waned and I have chosen an approach that would welcome conversation.  Rebuttals with frustration or irritation would only permit someone outside the experience to stay fixated in their sentiment.

At this point, I have come to listen quietly and ask them questions such as, “what makes you feel that way?”  Immediately, most people are thrown off guard my approach but find themselves in the hot set to answer, and they do.  Their responses such as “because it’s just not appropriate” or “I could never do that” or “ its just unprofessional” or “I think its just_____” is responded to with a place of understanding. I bridge the gap by telling them that I see how they might view it that way, followed by “but did you know_____?”  Most often, they hadn’t.  

                                       “It’s just the culture” is never going to be an adequate response.

I remember when I started on this journey of learning asking many people in groups about certain aspects of Carnival.  The response “its just our culture” always left me feeling empty and slightly confused.  Imagine how someone else on the outside might be?

Understanding a little more about Caribbean culture and Carnival not only helps you tap into the significance of what could be an cathartic experience, but it also helps you engage in discussions with the people that you care about — friends, lovers, or family.  

Minds Can(t) be Changed.

For sake of my personal peace, I prefer to be very open about my life as a masquerader.  I understand how some may feel differently because I too was once in your shoes, and had the same reasons for not discussing my participation.  Discussing the masquerader life with someone not of the culture,  or who has not experienced it can be very daunting and at times, UNCOMFORTABLE.  I have found that coming from an educated frame of reference not only boosted my confidence in discussions, but it also made people feel a bit more comfortable, and encourages the open-mindedness that you want.

Just know that there are some minds that can’t be changed– your friends, your family, or your lover.  Only you can determine how you wish to navigate your life with these people.  Whether you choose to remain quiet about your experience or discuss mas freely, all I care about is what is genuinely best for you.

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Not Asking For It.

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A celebration of life.

Caribbean carnival is a celebration of life; an experience that honors liberation from slavery, societal norms, our traumas and our own self-limiting beliefs. During carnival, we celebrate the miracle that is our bodies and the things that we have endured. It’s considered a safe environment of mutual trust and respect.  Carnival is known as a “no –judgement zone”; women and men are free to express themselves without shame or criticism.  Most people that play mas understand this.  But for people outside the culture and the experience, there is a serious disconnect.

America is known as a melting pot, and Caribbean culture brings a wonderful flavor. If you look to your left and right in America, chances are you are friends with, work with someone that is of Caribbean/West Indian descent.  Currently, there are roughly 18 Caribbean Carnivals held across the United States (pre-covid, of course) and I have found on many occasions the cultural experience to clash with American values and perceptions.

Sexualizing the experience.

I can recall several incidences where I explained Caribbean carnival to my American male counterparts.  In my efforts to get them to consider participation, I found myself showing pictures or videos of the celebrations and meeting inquiries about why I was dressed a certain way.  Once they realized that “all” women are in costume, their eyes widened and I could sense their minds processing an opportunity to meet women… a free for all if you will. They completely forgot about my discussion about its originations and fixated on a “sexualized” experience. I have to remind them that Carnival is not necessarily the place to pick up women or test their limits, and I sense disappointment. It’s funny how their motivation to participate suddenly wanes.

 

I even spoke about Carnival to my own brother. His attitude was that women were inviting attention, and in his presence, it would be received whether it was desired or not. Needless to say, I’d never bring him out to Carnival.

The looks I get from guys who think Carnival is a place to hit on women.

NOT asking for it.

I have flashbacks to 2016 to when I discovered the “Not Asking for It” campaign led by Fiona Compton on Facebook. In the video above, its campaign targeted sexual harassment/assault during Carnival. I had not experienced any of the negative experiences described by women, but I was so offended by the responses left by a lot of men and some women, namely the feedback stating that women were indeed “asking for it”.

 

I engaged a guy on this on the Not Asking For it Facebook Page, and this was his response.

Then I got to experience it myself. Since 2018, I have had run-ins with men who felt it appropriate to grab or smack my ass.   When they met my rage, they were confused, staring back at me as wild as a deer in its last moments of life Their eyes would meet mine and they would look at what I was wearing only to continue to stare me back in my face as if to say, “well if you don’t want to be touched, why are you wearing this?”

Respect ALL women. Not just professionals.

My IG reel celebrating professional women who play mas, and reminding people to respect them... but being limited to 30 seconds didn't get my whole point across. So, we have this blog.

My last IG reels post highlighted women in various professions that also play mas.  But I am afraid that the struggle to get my message across in the thirty seconds allowed made it seem as only professional women deserve respect.  It should be abundantly clear that all women from all walks of life, professions, economic classes, education levels, etc. deserve all the respect on the road and are not asking to have their limits tested due to the beauty of their w(h)ine and the costume they chose to wear.

By all means, Carnival is about abandoning societal norms. To be clear, we are referring to HARMFUL societal norms and expectations.  This means that it is not permissible to lay aside respect for women’s boundaries, even for a day.  This is Carnival, not a scene out of “the purge” where you’re free to lay your morals aside. Carnival does not mean one gets to be slack in their respect for people and their boundaries.

A clash of American perceptions and values.

I blame the twerk, strip club, and lap dance culture displayed in rap videos. Feeding a false narrative of what the pinnacle of what the high life should be, men somehow distort the magic of the w(h)ine with their unfulfilled fantasies of the “tip drill” video.

I blame the people that love to talk about the “melting pot” that is America, but somehow can’t get past accepting cultural differences.

I blame societal beliefs that women should take responsibility for how a man behaves; the emphasis on preventing sexual harassment/assault and not teaching men to not commit sexual harassment/assault.

I blame the commercial initiatives that promote carnival and a lack of resources to educate our communities.  What people see when researching carnival is skin, cheeks and feathers. While culture has been considered a marketable commodity, this has led to the evolution; a dance of our African ancestors that honors the miracle of a woman’s womb to an invitation for inappropriate touch and disrespect.

Forward thinking.

Combatting rape culture, slut-shaming the culture, and “toxic” masculine values will be a never-ending battle.

As Caribbean carnival continues to become popular in the United States, I believe that we should also continue to support the platforms that are designed to educate the masses.  While education will not get rid of the biases and negative perceptions, it will serve as opportunities for those that are confused about this cultural experience, yet open minded enough to accept it for what it is.  Bringing minds together is essential to ensuring that Carnival will continue to be a safe, judgment-free experience.  

As humans, we possess the high capacity to check our behavior. The attraction is normal but charging disrespectful behavior to a “natural impulse” as a man is no excuse. If that is your plea, just know that should you ever fall ill, you don’t need to see a doctor… you need to see a veterinarian.

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More than bikinis, beads, and feathers.

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My realization that I didn't know sh*t.

There was an experience that I had in 2018 that made me realize that I needed to read up a little bit more about carnival and Caribbean culture. I first started my discovery by asking questions but was left a bit deflated by the responses.  “It’s just my culture” didn’t really seem to suffice, so I decided to start with a basic google search in hopes to find some more information from better sources.

I remember when I first googled “Caribbean culture” I went to the images. I’m a visual learner so reading text is not my thing If I can help it. The first few images that were listed in the feed were from…. Carnival. 

What a google query currently looks like.

I was just starting my initial discovery in the culture, but based off my experiences and discussions with other West Indian/Caribbean people, I already knew that there was more to the culture than bikinis, beads and feathers. What gives? I found myself constantly having to weed out a lot of carnival-focused topics online to really get to the traditional perspective of the experience and not so much the view of commercialization/advertisement.

If I was blind, so are other masqueraders.

I think about where I once was on this journey. I also think about the new and seasoned Masqueraders that can sum up Caribbean culture by the experience of carnival.  That’s disheartening, because there is so much history and a deep connection to our African roots that we should all be aware of.  By understanding the culture just a little bit more, I have found  an enhanced experience every time I get on the road , and I genuinely connect with my ancestors and revel alongside them (spiritually) in that moment.

“Carnival is our iconic artistic experience because it captures so much of what we do...We understand that our culture is the most significant asset that we have and it’s limitless unlike oil which is finite. Culture is a sellable commodity.”

Dr. Lincoln Douglas, Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism (2014). Tweet

Carnival is what drives tourism and MAJOR revenue in the island countries. Many people survive of what they make from carnival season, so I completely acknowledge and respect the hustle.  But the commercialization of this cultural experience is a blessing and a curse.

The curse: Consumption of a cultural experience without initiatives in place predisposes its traditions and historical roots to be long forgotten.  Let’s think about this— Do you really think that “bikinis, beads and feathers” is how carnival started in the first place?  Or was the evolution of the carnival costumes supported to bring in more revelers? Although the scantily clad costumes are a lot of fun to wear, being “skin out” is not the spirit of carnival.

Take your time to learn about the culture.

Most people make their trips to experience the popular fetes, jouvert and carnival. But if you are culture conscious, there are a few things that masqueraders can do to really embrace the culture and the locals, especially when you hop to an island country for your next carnival jump. And, its actually fun to do! These examples are specific to Trinidad but might  be applied to other islands as well:

Immerse yourself with the locals.

Visit the “locals” fetes.  I remember walking through downtown Port of Spain with my travel mates and people were LITERALLY fetting in the streets.  People were in plan clothing, not dressed to impressed and were vibing in the spirit of Carnival. No stush vibes, everyone was carefree and happy.  It was a warm, welcoming feeling, and I put that energy over any fete that I attended while I was there.

Abandon your diet for a few days and eat the food.

I don't even like beer. But for the culture experience I tried it and liked it!

Eat the food.  You can get the best doubles right outside the airport in Port-of-Spain, but the best corn soup I had was on the corner of a small town in Arouca. The locals I spoke to really enjoyed the conversations I had with them about how they prepared the food for us to enjoy.

Doubles on my taste buds is pure joy.

Visit the Carnival Villages

Did you know that there are SEVERAL Carnival villages in Trinidad? Interact with the people, check out the merchandise, listen to the steel pan, Wave hello to the Moko Jumbies, listen to the night robber speak, Take pictures with baby doll, the dame Lorraine and EXPLORE… and ask questions!

Attend the local shows/competitions.

Stickfighting is an old African tradition, brought to Trinidad by the slaves. In TT there are two types of stickfighting tradition: kalinda and gatka. The kalinda which is the form that is observed in National Stickfight Competition. Kalinda is based on martial traditions that can be found in Central and West Africa and also among the Oromo people of Ethiopia. The competition did not happen this year due to payment disagreements between the National Carnival Commission (NCC) and the fighters.  Maybe we will be abe to see it again at the next Post-Corona Carnival.

The Trinidad Panorama is the largest steelpan competition in world. This annual steelband competition takes place in Trinidad every year during Carnival, culminating the Saturday before carnival Monday and Tuesday. The championship band is chosen from the 60 to 80 bands who enter the preliminaries. Each band consists of 75 to 200 musicians. The competition brings out the best steel pan players (known as pannists) in the world and lasts for several weeks. The finals take place on the Queen’s Park Savanah, which is also known as the Big Yard.

A massive cultural show, Dimanche Gras is held the Sunday night before Carnival at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. In addition, on the night of Dimanche Gras, 10 to 13 calypso singers battle for the title of Calypso Monarch against the defending title holder from the previous year. 

The King and Queen of the March is a competition to determine the best costume of the Carnival. Each band is lead by a King and a Queen who wear very large costumes which are often so large that other masqueraders have to help them carry it through the streets. Many of these costumes will move on wheels. The King and Queen are always chosen on Carnival Sunday  (Dimanche Gras).

Visit the Museums

the National Museum and Art gallery has displays depicting the evolution of carnival, national festivals and other interesting artifacts.

Forward Thinking.

A lot of people attend Carnival overseas primarily for the fetes, j’ouvert and Carnival.  But there is so much more to the culture. I hope that this helps you consider taking a moment from your next excursion to really immerse yourself in an experience that will bring you just a little closer to home.

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