Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago is a spectacle of colour, creativity, enjoyment and theatre. The islands are currently in the throes of preparation for this annual event that attracts thousands of visitors, this year it will culminate on the first Monday and Tuesday in March. It starts with J’Ouvert morning, when the real takeover of the street begins. Revellers cover themselves with mud, paint and powder as they ‘chip’ in the cool, darkness of the early morning in their respective bands. It continues with Monday mas, and comes to a climax on Carnival Tuesday when masqueraders take to the streets adorned in bikinis, feathers, beads and various forms of costumery. Carnival has the ability to foster cohesiveness, its unifying revelry cutting across economic, ethnic and social divides.