Essential Guide to 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

by izatrini_com

With just one week till the Catholic Easter lent, the famous Carnival in Trinidad in Tobago – the biggest in the Caribbean and one of the most famous in the world – is getting ready for a new and much expected edition. Between the 20th and 21st February 2012, the streets of Port of Spain will be filled by the dancing parade bands, each trying to show off the sexiest, colourful costumes and best socca music. There are few occasions when the spirit of the Caribbean is so visible and contagious than at carnival time. Hence, my reason to post this brief but essential guide to 2012 Trinidad and Tobago carnival:

Getting there

The easiest way to get there is by booking a flight to Port of Spain, the capital of Tinidad. This is a very busy time of the year so it’s essential to book early. However, many people decide to cancel their trips at the last moment so last minute flights might be available – expect to pay an increased fee, however.

Playing mas

The great advantage of the Trinidad carnival is that it is one on the most interactive carnivals. Here, every tourist can become part of the parade and enrol in one of the parade bands. To do this, all you have to do is to go online, search for a band that you think suits your musical of aesthetic tastes and reserve a place. You’ll usually book a full experience with the price of this reservation, not only a nice costume but also the possibility to be part of this exciting event. Playing mas is the most important part of the carnival, so leave your worries and misconceptions at home and engage in this unique experience!

Safety trips

Last but not least, it’s important to know a few safety trips before adventuring into the mass of people, costumes and food and drink stands that make up the carnival’s huge open air scene. Wearing comfy shoes can make all the difference between a memorable experience and a painful one. Also, don’t display too flashy jewellery or too much money. Act carefully, like at any event involving a lot of people. The carnival is a huge party but this doesn’t mean you can drink excessively or drink and drive. The usual precautions against heat and sun should also be taken: wear sunscreen, use lip balm and drink plenty of water!


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