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Creating vacation at a time!

  • You arrive Thursday into Port of Spain, Trinidad and on Friday a must is to go on the  Angostura Bitters Factory tour.
  •  On Friday night you visit the panyards and listen to the groups prepare for Panorama. For people who play the steel drum, this is like going to Mecca!
  • Saturday you spend the day touring Trinidad.  The temple in Carapichaima.
  • Hanuman Murti Statue is 885-foot tall, Carapichaima, Trinidad.
  • La Brea Pitch Lake is world's largest natural deposit of asphalt.
  • It looks like a lake until you put a stick into it!
  • Saturday night are the Panorama finals, the steel drum competitions.
  • Sunday - relax before Carnival starts and go to Maracas Bay where the Trinidadians and tourists play.
  • Monday morning at 4 a.m. Carnival Monday begins with J'ouvert.
  • The marchers paint themselves with mud, oil and paint!
  • Steel drums rule in the street on J'ouvert morning!
  • In the afternoon the parades begin in the street.
  • The parades go well into the evening.
  • Carnival Tuesday - and the costumes come out in all their glory!
  • They march across the stage at the stadium.  This group is called Tribe.
  • The costumes are beautiful and huge!
  • People come from all over the world to be a part of Carnival in Trinidad.
  • They march all day and all night!
  • Every group has a theme.
  • To see more of our trip, click on the Trinidad slide show below.
  • Miz Lorraine - one of the old time Carnival characters.
  • After Carnival it was off to Tobago for a day of rest.
  •  Fort James, Tobago.
  • Argyle Waterfall, Tobago.



Dueling Pans, Dimanche Gras, Carnival
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

If you like the steel drums, you won’t believe what Dane Gulston of the Trinidad All-Stars and Johann Chuckaraee of Phase II  can do with them as they duel against one another playing Lord Kitchner’s “Pan in A Minor”.  Filmed at Dimanche Gras in Port-of Spain, Trinidad at Carnival in  February 2013.


The Littlest Pan Player, Panorama Finals
 Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

This little panner fascinated me!  She must have been about six years old.  Can you imagine what she will be like when she is an adult playing the pan?


J’ouvert Morning, Carnival, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
J’ouvert is a large street party during Carnival in Trinidad.  It begins at 4 a.m. and lasts until noon on Carnival Monday and it heralds the beginning of Carnival.   Calypso, Soca and Steel Drum bands march in the streets of Port-of Prince and people follow them covered in mud, paint, oil and chocolate!  Carnival began in Trinidad when the indentured laborers and slaves saw the French celebrating in costume and mimicked them while combining their own culture.

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“Cryin” by Len “Boogsie” Sharpe played at the Massive Band Concert 2000.
   Steel drums no longer just play Caribbean music!  Listen to this haunting tune played by 150 steel drums.

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