Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is an annual event held on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday in Trinidad. This event is well known for participants’ colorful costumes and exuberant celebrations. There are numerous cultural events such as band-launches, fetes, stick-fighting, limbo, calypso, Soca competitions, steel pan competitions, and more in the lead-up to the street parade on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. It is said that if Trinidad is not celebrating carnival, then they are preparing for carnival. Traditionally, the festival is associated with calypso music, with its origins formulated in the midst of hardship for enslaved West and Central Africans. In recent years Soca music has replaced calypso as the most celebrated type of music.
The week before carnival is called carnival week and that’s when the most of the fetes occur. The most popular fetes are usually held from Carnival Wednesday to Carnival Sunday.
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