Trinidad is listed under USA TODAY’s Best Caribbean Spring Break Islands!
"In an infrequent twist of the Christian Liturgical Calendar, this year Carnival overlaps the beginning of spring break. Easter will be "late" this year, and so Carnival, which ends on Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) before Ash Wednesday, is late, too. If you’re down for a really big party, Trinidad’s Carnival is the region’s biggest blowout.
The festivities started just after Christmas and continue until March 4. The Panorama steel pan band competition takes place on Saturday, March 1, the costume competition to determine the queen and king on Sunday, then the street dancing takes over Monday. The phrase, “and the crowd goes wild” could easily have been coined right here: Calypso competitions, soca performances and parades where the costumes can weigh 50 pounds or more — spectacle just barely begins to describe it. Some of the dancers make the wet T-shirt contest at Señor Frogs look like a fashion show for missionaries.”
"Some of the dancers make the wet T-shirt contest at Señor Frogs look like a fashion show for missionaries"
In another Carnival related TEDxPortofSpain talk, Sonja Dumas (accompanied by talented dancers) takes us on a quick and dirty romp through the history and significance of that ultra-Caribbean, ultra-cathartic dance move, the wine (and provides probably the best definition of it). Equal parts hilarious and enlightening, Sonja shows us how the wine is connected to our roots of resistance, our conceptions of sexuality and, of course, our Carnival.