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Trinidad Carnival

Mon 03 Mar - Tue 04 Mar 2025

Trinidad & Tobago | caribbean

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ORGANISER National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago

About Carnival

Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago originated in the late-eighteenth century and was born out of resistance. French planters, slaves, and freed people of color from neighboring islands immigrated to Trinidad following the Spanish Cedula of Population Edict of 1783.

Shortly after immigration, the French settlers, and freed people of color alike held annual masquerade balls. The slaves, who were excluded from the masquerades decided to enact their own form of Carnival in the slave quarters where they were allowed a modicum of freedom. Their merriments came to be known as ‘Canboulay’ or ‘Cannes Bruleés’ since they were held at the same time as the burning and harvesting period for sugar cane.

Although the celebrations would culminate in dancing and singing, the significance of ‘Canboulay’ is in its mockery of oppressors. Instances of mockery primarily embodied an exaggerated iteration of French sentiments.

Memorable characters like ‘Dame Lorraine’ would often mimic the formal dress of the French women by exaggerated padding in the chest or wildly elaborate hats and fans. These subtle methods of mockery gradually transcended a spirit of union, retaliation, and resistance into a unique form of expressional identity for the slaves.

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Music

Ah Opening Account
Falco x Maha Productions
Trinidad & Tobago
00

Dutti
Swappi & Travis World
Trinidad & Tobago
03

Backazz
Sekon Sta x Yung Bredda & Travis World
Trinidad & Tobago
00

To My Ex
Nessa Preppy & Travis World
Trinidad & Tobago
00

Express Yuhself
Salty & Travis World
Trinidad & Tobago
00

Situationship
Rich Rasta
Trinidad & Tobago
00

Fete, Woman and Alcohol
Terron
Trinidad & Tobago
00

Brighter days
Mr Bessor x M1 aka Menace
Trinidad & Tobago
01

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Photos

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