Trinidad is the birthplace of Carnival and Trinis are known as the party people of the Caribbean! The annual celebrations culminate on Carnival Monday and Tuesday with a massive street parade and street party in Port of Spain, the capital. You are invited to join an authentic costume band for JOuvert, which is the first street parade that takes place from 4am to 8am on Carnival Monday.
The costume consists of a simple short pants and t-shirt outfit that you can paste with mud or paint during the party. This is optional but beware, most likely you will do it anyway, as the enthusiastic and persuading "Trinis" will most likely convince you. You will also receive an arm-band indicating your membership in the band and entitling you to alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from the accompanying drink truck.
The itinerary is simple: You will be picked up at your Port of Spain hotel at 3am and taken to meet hundreds of other participants at the starting point of the band. When the music trucks start to move, the group will follow them through the streets, accompanied by the band. Create your own costume by pasting your outfit with different colors of water paint, mud, oil, baby powder or even chocolate. Feel the vibration of the speakers from the music trucks flow through your body, everyone will become a family as you dance together and move through the streets to the local Soca music. You will meet other bands on the way. Party with unlimited drinks from start to finish!
Just before the fun comes to an end (and the sun starts to get hot), you will go to the breakfast stop, where you are offered a delightful local breakfast. Meet your fellow masqueraders in bright sunlight, with mud flaking off, relaxing with a cup of coffee. You will then be dropped back to the hotel.
Please make your own hotel/accommodation arrangements as they have to be booked separately. Please note that Trinidad Carnival hotels and flights sell out early and should be booked as early as possible. If assistance is needed with arranging accommodation for the Carnival weekend 2018, we will be happy to help.