WHAT ARE THE MAJOR CARNIVAL EVENTS?
The Panorama Competition is another significant feature of Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival on Saturday before Carnival at the Queen's Park Savannah. Panorama is an annual music competition that recognized as the pre-eminent steel band competition in the world. It is open to both conventional and single pan steel bands in four main categories: Large Conventional Steel bands, Medium Conventional Steel bands, Small Conventional Steel bands, and Single Pan Bands. Up to 100 musicians rhythmically beat their pan sticks against the steelpans to create infectious music that seems to fuel the desire to dance. In the 1930s, the steel pan is the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago and widely accepted as the only musical instrument created in the 20th century.
KINGS AND QUEENS COSTUME COMPETITION
The leaders of masquerade bands, King and Queen costumes can weigh between 50 – 200 lbs and depict colorful themes from nature to fantasy illusions. Costumes enhanced with lasers, fog, light shows, fireworks, and sound effects.
A massive cultural show, Dimanche Gras, is held the Sunday night before Carnival at the Queen's Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain.
Also, on the night of Dimanche Gras, 10 to 13 calypso singers battle for the title of Calypso Monarch against the defending titleholder from the previous year.
The official start of Carnival, J'Ouvert takes place before dawn on Carnival Monday, and bands of revelers dressed in old clothes cover themselves in oil, grease, paint, chocolate, or mud and dance through the streets till the sun comes up.
CARNIVAL MONDAY AND TUESDAY
Masquerade bands consisting of thousands of people' jumping up' (dancing) in glittery, colorful, and often revealing costumes rule the streets on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. Each band has its own historical, mythological, or tropical concept with various sections depicting aspects of the central theme.
Masqueraders wore the costumes on Carnival Monday and Tuesday; these costumes can be simple or elaborate in design.
Originating in Trinidad and Tobago, calypso music or kaiso is characterized by social or political commentary and satirical lyrics sung to ballad style rhythms.
Derived from calypso, soca's fast beats and provocative lyrics provide the soundtrack to Carnival. Many of the words are instructional in format, for example, "Jump and wave."
These parties can be large or small and during the Carnival season feature live performances from soca musicians, with popular fetes attracting massive crowds.
Extempo is a type of calypso where rival performers must quickly improvise clever lyrics, based on a given subject, before a live audience. Performers judged on wit and lyrical ingenuity.
Chutney comes from Trinidad & Tobago. The infectious rhythms of chutney music derived from a combination of Indian folk songs, Soca, and Bollywood songs. The lyrics are in Hindi and English.
The term "brass" refers to brass bands, but it also used to describe massive, concerts-type events such as the Caribbean Brass Festival and the iconic Brass Festival, which features performances from top brass bands.
The term "brass" refers to brass bands but used to describe massive concert type events such as the Caribbean Brass Festival and the iconic Brass Festival, which feature performances from top brass bands.
All-Inclusive Fetes are parties where the cost of food and drink (including alcohol) incorporated into the ticket price.
Usually staged during J'ouvert celebrations on Carnival Monday, the popular Bomb competitions for steel bands refer to European, American, and other non-calypso music performed in a calypso style arrangement.