TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: THE HOME OF CARNIVAL

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no physical Carnival celebrations in February 2021. However, we look forward to welcoming you to our shores to experience the Greatest Show on Earth in 2022!

Be sure to visit our Carnival 2021 page to discover one of the many unique experiences offered this year for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.

Known as the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’, Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival is officially celebrated on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday every year. The Carnival festivities start just after Christmas and continue until Ash Wednesday, with dozens of high energy parties and premier cultural competitions.

From its diverse people and culture to its amazing biodiversity, Trinidad and Tobago ‘break the mould’ of the typical Caribbean destination and boasts a year-long calendar of cultural events and festivals, friendly, multi-ethnic people and amazing adventure.

PLAYING MAS

Carnival Monday opens with J’ouvert at 4:00 a.m., where revellers parade through the streets immersed in paint, grease and mud, partying until sunrise. Later on Monday and all day on Carnival Tuesday, thousands of masqueraders flood the streets throughout the islands in bold, colourful, vibrant costumes, dancing through the parade routes to the exhilarating sounds of soca, steelpan and calypso music.

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Women of the Daring Arts Movement (D.A.M.) Moko Jumbie Troupe

Masquerader posing at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain

Beautiful masquerader costumes for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

A masquerader displaying their costume from The Lost Tribe

HISTORIC EVENTS

Visit the National Carnival Commission website to learn more about the historic Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.

Stick fighting

Jamette Carnival

Re-enactment of Canboulay Riots Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

Re-enactment of Canboulay Riots

TRADITIONAL MAS CHARACTERS

Discover the stories behind our unique Traditional Mas Characters.

Jab Jab

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Fancy Indians

Moko Jumbie

OUR ARTISTRY

A look at some of the incredible designs and artistry showcased at Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.

King and Queen Competition

K2K Alliance and Partners design

Unique costume designs presented at Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

Crossing stage at the Queen's Park Savannah

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CARNIVAL

The official video for Feel the Love by DJ Private Ryan & Freetown Collective. Shot in Trinidad & Tobago during Carnival season, in partnership with #visitTrinidad.

Looking back to Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2020 with Chandra Maharaj.

Steelpan lovers move from panyard to panyard for the North Panorama Large preliminary judging steelpan crawl.⁣ ⁣

The re-enactment of Canboulay Riots, held on Carnival Friday at Piccadilly Greens.

The Fancy Indian: Traditional Mas Characters from Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

Pierrot Grenade: Traditional Mas Characters from Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

Dame Lorraine: Traditional Mas Characters from Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

Midnight Robber Final: Traditional Mas Characters from Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

Bat Mas: Traditional Mas Characters from Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

Blue Devils: Traditional Mas Characters from Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

White Monday with the 86ix8 Family and The Lost Tribe as they were gathered together throughout the streets of Port of Spain in their White Garments.

Greeted with only smiles & familiar faces, here’s a look into The Lost Tribe Village for the 86ix8 Family’s costume collection.