Carnival 2014, Trinidad and Tobago is on Monday March 3 and ends on Tuesday March 4.
Jet Blue, the discount airfare carrier began daily RT flights between La Guardia NYC and Piarco International Airport Trinidad and Tobago on February 24, 2014. That the inaugural flight took place in the month of February, at the height of the Carnival season, six months ahead of a planned launch is not coincidence. The Trinidad Express Newspaper published an article on the Jet Blue first flight and shared that the air fares for Jet Blue were the equivalent of under 600 US, while the Caribbean Airlines were charging in the high 800 US
The first element of Trini (abbreviation for Trinidad & Tobago) Carnival is Bacchanal. Airfare playoffs between the international and national airlines will find travelers testing their loyalties. On Caribbean Airlines Soca on De plane flights to Trinidad, passengers might likely enjoy the finest of beauties parading through the aircraft, dancing through the isles in bikinis of sparkling fluorescent hues, with gilded and beaded halter tops.
A foretaste of Carnival eye delights becomes a premiere attraction for the travel bound.
The Carnival Vapse.
For the foreign Trinis, they meander through their lives with duty to family, God and the IRS, though not necessarily in that order. We live, for the most part, professional and orderly lives. Whether Carnival falls in late February or early April, inevitability of fiery momentum shifts occur based on Carnival calendar dates.
Behind the closed curtains of Trini Caribbean families, being Carnival whipped, is as bad as being caught up in a cyclone. The sudden impulsive urgency to leave home, family, responsibility and flee to the shores of Trinidad and Tobago have wrecked many a happy marriage. Hot and torrid romances have been dissolved by the sleuth of a Carnival vapse
In the monsoon of emotions to get to Steelband Panorama preliminaries, to attend the Calypso competitions, or play de mas, brave and upstanding citizens have been leveled to warahoon status .
In urban dictionary, warahoon describes dem wild indian who use to live in trinidad long time ago look at them warahoon running like asses. Unless, you get to the soil of Mother Carnival, Trinidad and Tobago, and suckle in her bounteous pleasures, you find no remedy for relief.
Carnival, The Energy, the Music, the Mas
Carnival is as an energy force. There is paranormal feteing. From Monday to Sunday, prior to Carnival Mardi Gras Monday and Fat Tuesday, as celebrated by our New Orleans reveler compatriots, there are band launchings, there are celebrity events with stars like Boris Cudjoe and his wife Nicole Parker, there are all inclusives parties, there are offshore, onshore, by the pool, around the Savannah, in the North Stand and through the Grand Stands, parties to attend. There are non stop nightly events that begin at 9 pm and end by 2am.
As the solemnity of Christmas ends, by the dawning of the New Year, Carnival is the Only practiced community fellowship for Trinis inside and outside the island grounds.
Leading their flocks of revelling posses are the reigning Lords of Calypso theater. From the youngest of contestants to the seasoned stars, the Calypso rules the tempo of the airwaves. Calypso, also known as Soca, is the ministry of exchange between the performers and their devoted followings. . The artistry of performance theatre will see the women of Calypso present their arsenal of talent, wares, wears and calibrated displays. Wining talents are exposed. Twerking by American and Worlds standards have been bested with wining choreography of Saucy WoW, Destra, and Barbadian born, Roll it Gyal, Alison Hinds.
Wining is the roll of the waist, with the cock of the back, gyrating to the right, left and centre, The lower body swerves at the hips in downward and circular pelvic motions, and rhythmically oscillate to the dance of the pagans.
The male royalty of Calypso hierarchy also entertain their audiences with frenzied performances. Calypsonians direct their audiences from the benign stationary to become the jumping, screaming, frenzied and frenetic party animals. In the Calypso kingdom, the Kings reign. The Mighty Sparrow is the elder statesman. King David Rudder, is the poet, the prophet, the chantuelle of Calypso. Machel Montano is a Triple Crown Winner competing for a lucrative post and his music is described as Soca on Steroids. Bunji Garlin, is the irrevocable Prince of Extempo. Kes the Band are the calypso millenials
Joining Kes on stage this year is Tessanne Chin, Winner of The Voice 2013,
Carnival is Culture
The orchestra of steel drums beat to the heartbeat of the soul. Foreigners from Australia to Japan have adopted the newest musical invention of the 21 st century and are playing symphonies on steel to audiences around the world.
Panorama is when many steelband orchestras from the north and south corners of the island compete for the best arrangement, acoustic sound, tune and delivery to their most discriminating audiences. Renowned world musicologists are invited to judge at Panorama semi finals and finals.
Hugh Masekela shared these words during his 2014 visit to a Trinidad panyard:
“You sounded great…thank you very much…you do not know how lucky you are …there are very very few countries in the world where people get opportunity to do this much music together… I know you take it for granted…but it’s a wonderful situation…I hope it never dies…it’s a very very rich heritage. Thank you very much. (posted on facebook by Mervyn L. Critchlow)
Carnival the Celebration
– Sometimes when yuh at Carnival, yuh partying non stop. The weekend of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago yuh start feteing from Friday, Saturday, Sunday till Jouvert Morning. Sometimes, you doh even have time to check yuh own pulse -. spoken in the lilting dialect of Trinis describes a good dose of Carnival
Jouvert is the early morning beginning of the Carnival Monday Mas. Much like the Halloween ghouls, ghosts,and goblins in the United States, but without the religious pandering, everyone gets dirty, nasty, slimy and muddy. There is black face, white face, blue and orange face. Body mud color is the costume du jour. There is no political correctness. You can be a celebrity, or not. Everyone, black or white, Indian, Hindu, Muslim, Chinese, Greek, Lebanese, or Syrian, become a nobody anybody. The only criteria of normalcy required is to be insanely festive and happy.
- Monday Mas
Trini Carnival is the The Greatest Show on Earth. Monday Mas is where the sightings of pretty Mas is premiered. The talents of the great colony of artists who design costumes for masqueraders in Carnival bands come alive. The epic stories of Greek mythology, the ancient wars of the Roman empire, the fallen Dynasties, the Sea Monsters, the Galaxies of the World, the indigenous Indian Tribal dress, the kings and warriors of Africa are worn as Mas costumes. The largest masqueraders ball in any part of the world takes place in Trinidad and Tobago on the streets of the capitol city Port of Spain, and its outlying towns and rural venues.
In Trinidad and Tobago Carnival creativity basks in its resplendent glory. A man named Peter Minshall, a Mas Artist, a designer has painted the memories and histories of the world on the canvas of masquerade. The theater of Carnival has been shared with world audiences under the seductive strokes of Peter Minshall’s artistic opulence. At the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the pagentry, the choreography, the costumery were that of Minshall. At the ceremonies for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, it was Peter Minshalls signature themes that won world acclaim.
Dancing mobiles, as described by Peter Minshall, are what masqueraders enjoy at Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago. The landscape of people, colors, sounds and gaiety are intoxicating. No one is a spectator. Everyone, whether in costume or not, is consumed in the drunkenness of fun, dance and non stop merriment.
- Tuesday Carnival Laniappe
On Carnival Tuesday, there is profusion of every type of synergy and harmony and a myriad kaleidoscopic colors in every shape, form and fashion. Bands of thousands of masqueraders come out in full regalia. Accompanying the thousands of masqueraders are the trucks with the music. Alongside the trucks, and the masquerades are the people, the tourists, the spectators, and the Carnival jumbies. It is an orgiastic explosion of fun.
Then by Tuesday nightfall, Carnival takes her leave. Along the streets, remnants of glitz, glitter, wings, headpieces, lifeless and strewn are swept up by the engines of trash collection vehicles.
The feast of the Gods of Bacchanalia takes a purging exit. D’ Carnival is Over.
Carnival is the Experience
Brazil Carnival showcases their Samba Dance Schools, New Orleans glams the avante garde and fierce outrageousness during their Mardi Gras celebrations, Trinis Play Mas without ceasing.
Trinis have a World Treasure Resource. its the Majesty of Carnival.
What happens at Trini Carnival stays with you for lifetimes..