Trinidad and Tobago

Mardi Gras

Carnival

St. James District

Port of Spain

Trinidad and Tobago (pop 1.4 million)

West Indies

February 13, 2018

Tuesday - Mardi Gras

 

My guest house called Heart of Carnival is a taxi ride to most of the important Carnival events.  (Unless you count hanging out with the party-goers at the local restaurants and pubs.)

Today, Heart of Carnival is the appropriate name.  Hundreds of marchers and the fleet of trucks with their cargo of enormous sound equipment pass just up the street in this otherwise quiet residential neighborhood.

Barrel-chested men and bikini-clad, feather-festooned, half naked women strut their stuff as they keep pace with the beat of the ever-present piercing music.  

Carnival: Queen's Park Savannah

Queen’s Park Savannah

Port of Spain

Trinidad and Tobago

Monday

February 12, 2018

 

The Children’s Carnival parades lasted two days.  

Now it’s the time for the Big Kids to show their stuff.

Large groups of masqueraders dance and prance across the stage of the Savannah stadium.  

Individuals strut about in outrageous and gigantic costumes.

To take a break from the festivities I wandered around town to visit the Magnificent Seven and other lovely homes and mansions.

"The morning after the night before" I shared a beer with a few of the very smashed celebrants at the local pub..

Carnival: Teens and Toddlers

Queens Park Savanna

260 acres (110 ha) of level land.  The distance around the perimeter is 2.2 mi (3.5 km).

Port of Spain

Trinidad and Tobago

February 10, 2018

 

Day 2 of the Junior Carnival:

Teenagers and Toddlers wait patiently in the tropical sun.

Group leaders adjust costumes and makeup.

Kids march and dance.

Big kids in Big costumes.

Little kids in Little costumes.

Tiny tots in diapers.

Carnival: Kids on Stilts

Port of Spain

Trinidad and Tobago

Friday

February 9, 2018

Good Day,

When I decided to attend the annual Carnival Celebration in Trinidad, I expected to mix in with the local population as they enjoyed their adult beverages and other local substances while they paraded and danced through the streets of this capital city.

The Children’s Parades were totally unexpected.