If things had gone the way I had planned I would be in Trinidad right now at 12 pm now heading into bed. Having partied all morning from about 4am at a ‘breakfast’ party getting totally primed for the biggest, brightest, happiest, most spectacular street party ever on Monday. That’s right people it is Carnival time in Trinidad and I am missing it. Well considering my mind is constantly on it and I have called my sisters too many time to mention already I think I am enjoying it vicariously.
Carnival in Trinidad is the best experience ever!! It is an age old tradition started by the French colonists who had fabulous masquerade/costume parties to herald in Ash Wednesday. Then the African slaves took it up in a form of mockery of their french owners. And over 150 years later we are still enjoying the majestry, the freeness, the excitement that is Carnival.
Carnival is beautiful. The costumes, the glitter, the feathers and the beads. The People, like the country, melt even more to become one body pulsating to the exciting tunes of calypso and soca. I love, love Carnival. The air is charged with excitement and it is hard not to be swept up in the joy. And it is hard not to dance with abandon in the street. Trini- Carnival is the best even better than Rio’s and only because everyone gets to be involved.
Here is a picture of the costume I paid down on! Isn’t is gorgeous?!! Ok, yes it is a little bit scant on the cloth, but Carnival Monday and Tuesday is always the hottest days of the year in Trinidad ( oh and no that is not me in the picture she is a bit too toned to be me tehee!)
Oh well and I am not there to enjoy it, but don’t worry if all goes well and it will, I am going to be there front and center next year. Waving my hand or flag, jumping with the band of the year!!
(ps. Carnival is a national festivity that all ages, religions and professions even priests and pastors partake in some form.)