Trinidad Carnival Diary
You will never understand the reason most of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago go into a highly unproductive state of mind approximately one week before Ash Wednesday. It is the same reason many “Trinis” (short for Trinidadians) abroad, suddenly fall ill or make up stories for their bosses and fly to Trinidad 🇹🇹 this time of the year. It is all because of the greatest show on earth called Trinidad Carnival.
Vale Breakfast Party with Comedy Queen Nikki Crosby
If you do not believe me, ask Usain Bolt, Cardi B, Trevor Noah and the host of celebrities who visited the twin island Republic during this time of the year.The “pump” is real. As a Jamaican guy asked me this Carnival, “Trinis don’t like to sleep?” There is a party everywhere throughout the day and night. It’s the one time of year that people of all creed and race come together to have a great time and “wine up” (what Americans call twerk) on one another. For a country that is racially divided and politically sensitive for the greater part of the year, it does not apply to Carnival. As David Rudder said in song “How we vote is not how we party.”😂
With Alicia D Duchess/ baddest female DJ in the Caribbean
A friend invited me to Madi Gras this year and then I found out that it coincided with Trinidad Carnival and I respectfully declined. I asked if Machel , Bunji, Fay-Ann, Kes, Patrice, Destra, Superblue, Alison Hinds, Shal Marshall and others would be there and she said, “No”. I said, “Sorry I cyah (cannot in English) make it.”😁. I don’t care who say they have the best Carnival, tell them that Basia says that there is no Carnival that can come close to Trinidad and Tobago’s.
Soca Queen Alison Hinds
Our country is currently facing some serious issues related to crime, but I can assure you that nothing disrupts Carnival. My husband and I were leaving a party and I received a phone call from a relative and she was warning us to be careful about the “terrorist threat” at all the events we were attending. We were so confused so we thought she had too much to drink or she was losing her mind or something. We later learnt (when we were leaving the country) that there was in fact a terrorist threat on our Carnival. I am very sure that most of the people we were partying with, were just as ignorant as we were or did not care. The parties were fantastic. So it goes to show that terrorist cannot stop the party in Trinidad.
My “pump” squad
Trinidad Carnival is an institution. Partying is a big part of the culture, but it is not what makes the Carnival great. Many people have come and replicated our parties in other countries but they have not been able to replicate the package called Carnival. This includes our Panorama (Steel-band competition ) Kings and Queens of the band, the “Savannah Stage”, the best All-inclusive and cooler parties in the world, my personal favorite is Brian Lara’s. There are parties you have to book tickets for one year in advance. We have the best Calypsonians, Soca artists/music and Chutney Soca music in the world; not to mention our J’Ouvert ‘mud and paint mas’. All of which is authentic to 🇹🇹 Trinidad and Tobago.
Hubby and me at Brian Lara’s party 2018
Like everywhere else we have our issues. America has Trump and crime. Trinidad needs to bring down the murder rates. But people have not stopped going to America because Trump is President! So don’t warn people to avoid Trinidad Carnival because of some crazy fools. We need the US$😂😂😎. My friends, don’t let the fake news deter you from experiencing Trinidad Carnival. It is likely to be the best experience you will ever have in your life. Don’t do it alone, bring your friends. Be sure to try our Bake and Shark, Curry Crab and Dumpling, Doubles and Corn Soup. Our cuisine is out of this world. Book your costume and tickets for 2019 by August 2018 (they sell off fast). What ever worries you have right now, Trinidad Carnival is guaranteed to fix it.
Vale Fete “vibes”
PS. Special thanks to my girlfriends Alana and Lynette for making sure the Powells had a great time. 🎼When we touch down was splinters . We mash it, mash it up fine fine fine 🎼😂😂😂