Trinidadian NYC is a rich blend of Indigenous, Spanish, French, English, Indian (South Asian) and Chinese peoples and cultures. Compared to the rest of the Caribbean, Trinidadian culture stands out for its South Asian influences.
J’Ouvert and the West Indian Day Parade Labor Day Carnival are New York City’s big Trinidadian celebrations. Trinidad Carnival is the mother of Caribbean Carnival traditions.
Thu-Mon, Aug 29-Sep 2, 2019
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Reggae Afrobeats Soca
Summer Jam Youth Fest
Junior Carnival Parade
Panorama Steelband Championship
Dimanche Gras Carnival Sunday Party
CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn ~ The Brooklyn Museum and the Parade on Eastern Avenue turns the neighborhood into a Caribbean Carnival
Monday, September 2, 2019
PROSPECT PARK, Brooklyn ~ The J’Ouvert Parade forms at Grand Army Plaza, marches through the Park, to Empire, and down Nostrand to Midwood St
Trinidadian New York City
Trinidadian NYC is centered in Crown Heights, Flatbush and East Flatbush, Brooklyn. There are more Trinidadian communities nearby in Nassau County, Long Island.
Trinidadian New Yorkers
Trinidadian-American actor, dancer, musician and artist Geoffrey Holder is one of New York’s most famous Trinidadians. Dance Theatre of Harlem still produces his work. His masterpiece “Dougla” is one Dance Theatre’s signature pieces.
The Trinidadian World
Most Trinidadians don’t consider themselves Latin because Britain was the last colonizer. However Spanish and French Latin culture are part of Trinidadian culture. It is one of the homes of Caribbean Creole (African-French) culture. Trinidad also has South Asian culture.
Today, Trinidad is very diverse from its experience of the colonial period. Caribbean Creole culture derives from French African culture. Every island has its own Creole flavor, but they are also related. Dougla culture derives from the South Asian African mix.
Trinidad is famous for Caribbean Carnival, calypso, steel pans and soca, a blend of calypso and South Asian rhythms.
Shango or Trinidad Orisha is a unique faith that blends West African Yoruba and Baptist traditions. Limbo is an African dance that is Trinidadian.
South Asian traditions remain strong. The island hosts one of the biggest Diwali celebrations outside of India.
South American mainland countries Guyana and Suriname have very similar cultures.
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago are a pair of islands in the Lesser Antilles. Trinidad is less than seven miles from the Venezuelan mainland.
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