The History of Trinidad & Tobago

Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago

The Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is an annual event held on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday in Trinidad and Tobago. The event is well known for participants’ colourful costumes and exuberant celebrations. Carnival is the most significant event on the islands’ cultural and tourism calendar, with numerous cultural events such as “band launch fetes” running in the lead up to the street parade on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. It is said that if the islanders are not celebrating it, then they are preparing for it, while reminiscing about the past year’s festival. Traditionally, the festival is associated with calypso music; however, recently Soca music has replaced calypso as the most celebrated type of music. Costumes, stick-fighting and limbo competitions are also important components of the festival. Carnival as it is celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago is also celebrated in cities worldwide. These these including Toronto’s Caribana, Miami’s Miami Carnival, Houston Carifest, London’s Notting Hill Carnival as well as New York City’s Labor Day Carnival to name a few….Read More

Port of Spain, our bustling capital city, is filled with an enchanting myriad of art galleries and restaurants. At the National Museum you can delve into the culture of our country and its diverse people. If you prefer to be more laid back and take your time discovering our treasures, we also have our share of quiet quality. Once part of the South American mainland, Trinidad, with its boot-like shape measuring 37 miles (80km) by 50 miles (60 km), boasts an ecological and geographical diversity unmatched in the region. The gorgeous, sandy beaches along our North Coast provide the perfect atmosphere for seclusion, rest and recreation. Dominated by densely forested peaks, the northern interior offers excellent hiking trails framed by canopies of lush, indigenous rain forest, while the low, predominantly agricultural plains of Central Trinidad strike a fascinating contrast.

"2020 Panorama Champions"

2020 Panorama Champion, Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, (with Nailah Blackman waving the flag) performs for the judges at the Trinidad & Tobago National Large Bands Panorama Final, held at the Queen’s Park Savannah on February 22nd 2020. The arranger for this band is Carlton “Zanda” Alexander and they placed 1st with a score of 286 points. “ Despers “ band beat a competitive field by four clear points to take the coveted title after one of the most hotly contested finals in recent history, on Saturday evening, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain. Despers pannists nailed Carlton “Zanda” Alexander’s arrangement of Nailah Blackman’s “More Sokah” with flawless stick work and tempered aggression. Their bouncing engine room dictated a lively tempo from atop a shaking rig. While their tenor front line pulled the capacity Grand Stand crowd into the performance with a bold fervent display.

"2020 Road March Winners"

Neil “Iwer” George and Kees Dieffenthaller were runaway winners of the 2020 Road March title with their infectious hit “Stage Gone Bad”.
According to the official results released by the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organization (TUCO), “Stage Gone Bad” was played 386 times on Carnival Monday and Tuesday as mas bands crossed the various judging points throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
The Iwer and Kes collaboration, with a hook-line that called on masqueraders to ‘Mash it up, shell it down and tun it over!’, apparently did the same its rivals as “Conch Shell”, another collaboration featuring Machel Montano, Iwer and Skinny Fabulous (Gamal Doyle) took second, having played 95 times.