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Trinidad Carnival 2014

Live Stream, Parade Routes, Start Time, Schedule, Lineup

Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, T&T, 3-4 March

Trinidad Carnival Parade

There are a number of carnival parades that take place around the world, from Mardi Gras in New Orleans to Notting Hill in London, that can trace their roots back to the Caribbean, and it is here that without doubt the biggest and best events still take place each year, with a carnival season spread over several weeks across the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, and culminating in 2 full days of parades.

If you only go to one Caribbean Carnival in your lifetime then this would have to be the choice, combining the fantastic weather conditions and clear blue seas with some of the friendliest and most welcoming local people anywhere on the planet, in a party that just goes on and on! One thing is for certain, you need plenty of stamina to even think about attending the T&T Carnival parades.

Carnival Monday and Tuesday are the climax of the event, with the parade of the bands, where as well as entertaining the crowds the bands are in competition with each other to win the prestigious Band of the Year title. As well as the parade the event is characterised by calypso tents, big public fetes and new band launches.

During the parades, as well as the bands there are a number of large trucks with DJs and their full equipment pumping out all varieties of Caribbean flavoured music and everyone taking part dresses in fantastic traditional costumes - all in all, a festival of noise and colour that will live in your memory for a very long time!

Schedule & Route

 

There are a number of things going on around the islands in the weeks leading up to the main carnival, but these are the main headline events:

Sunday 2 March:

Dimanche Gras (this year's finalists are  Cro Cro, Queen Victoria, Mr Shak, Bodyguard, Chucky, Myron B, Kurt Allen Chalkdust, Skatie Brian, London Alana, Sinette Khan) Kings & Queens of Carnival Finals, Queen's Park Savannah, start time 7pm

Monday 3 March:

J'Ouvert, from 3am

Parade of Bands (Carnival Monday version) at 11am

Monday Night Mas, Paramin Hill, 8pm

Tuesday 12 February:

Parade of Bands for Carnival Tuesday, 11am

The main parades take place through Port of Spain, although there are also large events in San Fernando. It has been announced that in Port of Spain the parade routes are now designed specifically to try and help ease traffic congestion and long waiting times, especially in the areas around Queen's Park Savannah.

For more information of the parade routes during the carnival, check out the official site:

Carnival Parade routes

Streaming and Video

 

There is increasingly becoming more online streaming coverage of the T&T or TNT carnival as internet access and speeds continue to improve. Triniscene provides some of the best online carnival coverage via this link:

Triniscene live stream

TV4 are also advertising live carnival coverage for 2014 - they have Dimanche Gras live online and the Junior Parade of the bands, remains to be seen what else they cover form the main carnival events:

TV4 live stream

There is another online stream via Carnival Info promising live coverage from both carnival Monday and Tuesday Parade of the Bands events here:

Carnival Parade of the Bands streaming

Carnival TV has some live streams too, with the National Panorama Finals from Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain on Carnival Monday among the events promised:

Carnival TV

There is also an official carnival channel on UStream which has been providing some good live coverage:

Trinidad Carnival on Ustream

There has in previous years also been webcast carnival coverage via local channels Synergy TV and Gayelle via the JumpTV service, but we haven't been able to track down any links for this year yet - we'll keep checking though!

There is also extensive user-generated coverage via Youtube, with highlights from previous years, plus many updates during the event:

T&T Carnival on Youtube

Hotels & Accommodation

 

If you're in Trinidad and Tobago during the carnival and looking for somewhere to stay to attend any of the parades or other events you can check out availability and make reservations for local hotels here.

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