Trinidadian NYC is centered in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. There are more Trinidadian communities nearby in Nassau County, Long Island.
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Trinidadian Festivals in NYC
J’Ouvert and the Labor Day Carnival West Indian Day Parade 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 BrassFest Junior Carnival Parade Panorama Steelband Championship Dimanche Gras Carnival Sunday Party VIP Breakfast Parade 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 Yorkers
Dance Theatre of Harlem carries on Trinidadian traditions through the work of Trinidadian-American actor, dancer, musician and artist Geoffrey Holder.
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.
Trinidad is famous for its calypso and soca culture. Soca is calypso with South Asian influences.
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.
The islands have a diverse culture that is a rich mix of:
- Indigenous Carib
- Spanish, French and British colonizers
- South Asians
- A little of everybody else
As the last colonizers, British culture is an important part of Trinidadian culture. On the South American mainland, Guyana has a similar culture.
Trinidad and Tobago has a plurality of Trinidadians with a South Asian heritage. Descendants maintain some South Asian traditions.
LITTLE TRINIDAD, LITTLE GUYANA, LITTLE SURINAME | Saturday, November 14, 2020
Tuesday, February 15-16, 2021 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Caribbean carnival traditions around the world are based on Trinidad & Tobago Carnival.