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Your guide to Caribbean events in March and April — from T&T’s “greatest show on earth” to music festivals to adventures under sail


TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO


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The Trinidad and Tobago calendar revolves around Carnival, many would say. In the years when Carnival falls “late” — this year, 3 and 4 March — the longer season is no less hectic. It just means there’s even more time to perfect your wine at the ever-growing number of fetes, while trying to save enough energy for the big finish. Once Fantastic Friday (February 28) arrives and the final pre-Carnival weekend begins, a special energy fills the air. The International Soca Monarch is crowned (never without a dose of controversy), the Panorama finals bring out fierce traditional rivalries between the country’s top steelbands, and then the real drama begins on the Dimanche Gras stage, where the Calypso Monarch is revealed. It’s an excellent segue into J’Ouvert, beginning in the wee hours of Carnival Monday. Mud, paint, powder, bacchanalia, and political commentary all mix together in the dark, before the sun rises to unveil the glitz and glamour of the Parade of the Bands.


1 March National Panorama finals (medium and large steelbands) 2 March Dimanche Gras 3 March J’Ouvert and Parade of the Bands 4 March Parade of the Bands and Las’ Lap


To keep up with what’s happening during the “greatest show on Earth,” visit the National Carnival Commission website at www.ncctt.org


Don’t miss . . .


• Watching cricket, Caribbean-style, page 24 • Spicy pichakaree at Trinidad Phagwah, page 26


WWW.CARIBBEAN-AIRLINES.COM 17


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