TOP LIVE EVENTS
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!
There are a number of things going on around the islands in the weeks leading up to the main carnival (see below for link to the full schedule) but these are the main headline events:
Friday 9 February
Reenactment of Camboulay Riot at Piccadilly Greens, Port of Spain, 4am
Big Friday at Queens Park Savannah, 7pm
Dragon Festival, George and Prince St corner, 10am
International Soca Monarch Finals
Saturday 10 February
Republic Bank Junior Parade of the Bands
National Panorama Final, Medium and Large
Sunday 11 February:
Dimanche Gras, Kings & Queens of Carnival Finals, Queen's Park Savannah, start time 7pm
Monday 12 February:
J'Ouvert, Downtown Port of Spain from 3am; Lineup to follow
Parade of Bands at Queens Park Savannah (Carnival Monday version) at 11am
Monday Night Mas, Paramin Hill, 8pm
Tuesday 13 February:
Parade of Bands for Carnival Tuesday, Adam Smith Square, 7am
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.
Finding live coverage of the Trinidad and Tobago carnival has been something of a mission in recent years, with scant live streaming or even TV coverage having been the norm, with even state broadcaster TV4 Live only available to local viewers.
However, over the last couple of carnivals we've been able to track down a fairly decent range of live stream webcast, live TV coverage and online radio streaming.
Therefore this year for the 2018 Trinidad Carnival we've introduced a dedicated page to help keep all this information together for all of the online live stream, TV broadcast and radio coverage so you can easily check out all the viewing and listeing options in one place - this page will be kept updated throughout the carnival, and we expect a particular good range of streaming for the parades on Carnival Monday and Carnival Tuesday:
You can see our full range of live coverage of mardi gras and carnival events around the world, including the big Fat Tuesday parades in Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans here: Watch Mardi Gras live
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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