The Caribbean Carnival
Caribbean carnival entertainments provide a place and space for all Caribbean people and many other cultures to be creative in art music with many types of fun. The Caribbean carnival activities may carry on for couple months because of different design and presentation period. Some designer teams present their design to spectators were a king and queen crowning take place.
These designs are included in parts of the mass parade known as sections. The dates for all carnival vary from year to year and is voted by the board members, trustees and others.
Some Caribbean carnival location claims to be the best place to have the best time for carnivals like New Orleans, Trinidad and Tobago, Miami, Toronto, and Rio de Janeiro. These are just some of the largest visited carnival where people are either talking about or planning for all the creative displays and events leading up to the big day.
Caribbean Carnival & Festivals Calendar
- Aruba Carnival
- Curaçao Carnival
- Dominica Carnival
- Guadeloupe Carnaval
- Guyana Mashramani (Mash)
- Haiti Kanaval
- Bacchanal Jamaica
- Martinique Carnival
- Porto Rico Carnival Shrove Tuesday in Puerto Rico
- Ponce Carnaval Start Wednesday, February 22nd and run
through Fat Tuesday, February 28th.
Trinidad & Tobago, T&T, Big days on February 2017
- Virgin Gorda – Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Celebrations,
late March/early April
- Jamaica Bacchanal, late March through April 3
- Cayman Islands Batabano, late April/early May
- Saint Thomas V.I. Carnival, April through early May
- Grenada Pure Music Festival
- Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
- Grand Bahamas, April 14th-16th
- Nassau, May 5th-7th
- Barbados (Crop Over) other fun Link June 25- through August-2
- Grenada Carnival Carnival Monday & Tuesday
More About Caribbean Carnival
The term Caribbean Carnival is used to denote a number of events that are organized annually in many of the Caribbean islands. The Carnivals celebrate several common themes based on culture, tradition, folklore, and religion, inspired by the original carnival of Trinidad and Tobago. Traditionally, these carnivals comprise elements like "Playing Mas"(or Masquerade), Calypso music; Crowning of a Calypso King or Queen; Panorama (competition of steel bands); J'ouvert Morning and other traditions.
Early Carnival History:
The first Caribbean Carnival was held in Trinidad in the year 1833, the year when slavery laws were repealed in the Caribbean. Before this year, the black slaves of the country were not allowed by law to participate in their European masters' Easter Carnivals. They were even forbidden from congregating on the streets post sunset. After the abolition of these laws, Black Caribbeans took to the open streets to hold their own carnival in order to celebrate their freedom. These carnivals both took a dig at their own masters as well as reflected their colorful culture. In the 1950s when significant numbers of West Indians immigrated to other countries, they took their musical traditions along with them.