The high point of 2020 Trinidad and Tobago Carnival in Port of Spain, Trinidad is Monday-Tuesday, February 24-25, 2020.
Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is always celebrated on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
Bands or mas (masquerade groups) organize the summer before. Preparations start right after Christmas. Port of Spain goes wild the weekend before, gets greasy at J’Ouvert on Carnival Monday and reaches its climax on Carnival Tuesday, Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday).
To visit Trinidad Carnival, you should plan your trip the summer before.
The History of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival
Trinidad and Tobago Carnival grew out of French masquerade balls held on Mardi Gras, the night before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Catholic religious fast of Lent.
Slaves were not allowed in the masquerades, so they had parties at home and made fun of their master’s strange traditions. When freedom came in 1833, Carnival became popular among all the people and began evolving into the great party it is today.
Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is the inspiration for New York City’s Labor Day Carnival and London’s Notting Hill Carnival.
In Latin countries, Carnival is celebrated at the traditional time before Ash Wednesday and Lent. In countries whose last colonizer was Britain, it is celebrated at other times of the year. It is unusual for Carnival to be celebrated at the tradition time in an English-speaking country.
Trinidadians tell us they are an English-speaking Latin country. Trinidad is truly a great mix of peoples.