Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago

Video Transcript

Carnival is just freedom of expression, and color. That's what it breaks down to. It starts the day after Christmas. So as soon as Christmas Day is finished, that's Boxing Day. That's known as Boxing Day [at] home. And the party starts from then. From then all the way up until February or March. That's normally when Carnival is, and it's for two days. So we have about two or three months of partying every night, forty, fifty thousand people every night. And then it leads up, all to that two days in the streets.

In that two days everyone has on their costumes: bikini, beads, whatever they have. There's different expressions. So that two days there's just forty-eight hours of just party. Just have fun in the streets. Everyone's dancing behind music trucks, enjoying [themselves]. And the island shuts down. No one works, maybe some security guard[s], but that's it. Everyone's there, enjoying that two days of fun until Ash Wednesday. It's always the two days before Ash Wednesday. So whatever Ash Wednesday falls on, those two days, Monday and Tuesday, that's when Carnival is.

We started Carnival and we were the inventors of pan, the steelpan, which is just an oil drum. That's why, we were rich in oil, so someone took the oil drum one day, and sat on the side of the road [and] realized he could get certain tunes out of it and built the steelpan.

In this video, a native Trinidadian details the Carnival holiday in Trinidad and Tobago.