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Trinidad & Tobabo, W.I. - Chairman of the National Carnival Committee (NCC) Colin Lucas said there would be changes next year to the way TT’s greatest show on earth, Carnival, was showcased.

“Next year Carnival, we are going to push really hard to make more sweeping changes to the product itself because I think few people disagree that the Carnival product had become unexciting and uninviting and just plain unattractive,” he said. Lucas was speaking to the Newsday yesterday on the return of investment for Carnival. He said he could not say what were the primary indicators to track the returns.

The NCC received $147 million to disburse for Carnival 2018, but there were no reports of profits for the country.

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The NCC knows ahead of time when the next carnival is so there  is plenty of time to plan 

to make it a really good show for those looking on at home and around the world, but yet still

when that time comes it is the same crap they calling the greatest show on earth.

i don’t know what type of camera they are using but it is the same picture I am seeing from 25years ago

very poor quality.. the kings and queens and calypso was such a poorly televised event I forced myself to watch

till the end because this is my culture, in this day and age of technology please get the equipment and the know how to 

produce a show that we can really say “yes too” 

you have a full year to get it right , don’t wait until January of 2019 to start acting like the head of this  Organization ..

i also have to say the soca drom is killing the Savannah. Get rid of that place and bring the  audiences back

They run the Carnival like it's a "pick-up" side...Standard Business practice is to use documentation to study "Analysis" for FUTURE projections and develop POLICY to achieve GOALS.



You are on point I have been expressing the same thing for years that soca drom is killing Port Of Spain Carnival period.

The problem started when u changed the carnival into a 'branded product'. It lost its soul. Pay de devil to get it back.

Mighty Shadow - Pay De Devil (Pac Pac)


  have we not heard this before

 its like a road march

Several attempts to contact Culture Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly were unsuccessful and all calls went to voicemail.

Helllllloooooo Dolly: We cyar get NO RESPONSE from SHE!!!

TT’s greatest show on earth had become unexciting and uninviting and just plain unattractive [however, it is still THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH -- IN TRINIDAD].

[however, it is still THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH -- IN TRINIDAD]. Says WHO???

5 of the World’s Best Carnivals that You Cannot Miss...

1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


ODW , A few years ago Trinidadians suddenly became aware of copyright laws regarding art etc. , and began restricting photographers access to pictures etc. which is their right.
However , those restrictions also limited coverage by international news photographers.
After Carnival I saw pictures of Carnival from around the world in news magazines , but none from our self styled "greatest show on earth".
According to the report , it is being upstaged even by Notting Hill .
Is that surprising?
As a culture we do not seem to recognize the value of promoting and advertising.
We think things happen "just so".
Again , my favorite quote :
"If a tree fell in the forest and no one heard it did it make a noise ?"

The 12 Best Carnivals Around The World



Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is held every February in the Canary Islands, where Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of the largest island. Though the name of this carnival might not be as well known, it is considered the second most popular carnival in the world, after Rio de Janeiro’s famous carnival! The party starts on a Friday and continues straight through Ash Wednesday when participants go through a tradition called entierro de la sardina (meaning ‘burial of the sardine’), but not to worry — the party begins again the following weekend.

© Philippe Teuwen/Flickr
Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife © Philippe Teuwen/Flickr

Rio de Janeiro Carnival

Held just before Lent each year, the Rio de Janeiro Carnival is the worldwide standard for huge festivals. With over two million people in attendance each year, it is the world’s biggest carnival and has been running annually since 1723. Though the revelers are allowed to move freely around the carnival, the floats themselves are quite organized — they are staffed exclusively with samba schools, or groups of neighbors that want to perform together. This carnival is filled with street festivals and numerous parties, and even features Queens of the Carnival.

Carnival of Venice

The Carnival of Venice, which takes place just before Lent and ends on that holy day, is all about the decorative masks native to the city itself. Though nobody is sure exactly how this carnival began, it is said to date all the way back to 1162, but it became extremely famous during the 18th century for its excess and was even outlawed from 1797 until 1979, thanks to the conservative King of Austria (who even outlawed masks entirely). Now that masks are no longer outlawed, each gargantuan carnival holds a competition for la maschera più bella, or ‘the most beautiful mask.’


Cadiz Carnival

Cadiz Carnival is just one of many carnivals that happens in Spain, which certainly has no shortage of festivities. Though the festival itself only runs for two weeks every year, the rest of the year is still consumed with rehearsals, planning and preparation, making this carnival feel like a year-round event. Cadiz relies on music for its entertainment, and the most popular musical performances are always the chirigotas, who use worldwide news events as fodder for their song lyrics.

Mardi Gras

Taking place on Fat Tuesday, which was legally declared a holiday in Louisiana in 1875, Mardi Gras is certainly one of the most famous festivals in the United States and, perhaps, in the entire world. Though many of Mardi Gras’ traditions developed in medieval Europe, specifically in spots like Rome and Venice (which, of course, sees its fair share of carnivals), they came to New Orleans upon its creation in the mid-1700s. Today, excited partiers travel from all over the United States to attend Mardi Gras celebrations, and Mardi Gras is known for over-the-top floats and costumes, drunken revelry, and, of course… beads.

Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival, held annually in the perennially chic Notting Hill neighborhood in London every August, is devoted to the traditions of the British West Indian community. Attracting over a million people each year, this carnival is a huge part of British life and culture, even though it is not technically part of the religious ‘Carnival’ season surrounding Lent. This carnival is heavily music-focused and includes the use of large-scale sound systems and live performances. There’s even a Notting Hill Carnival app that can help you navigate the different traditions and events during the festival!

Binche Carnival

Binche Carnival, or ‘Le Carnaval de Binche,’ is a huge carnival event that takes place in Belgium and pays tribute to this fascinating country’s heritage and traditions, so much so that it was named a ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO. For several Sundays that lead up to Ash Wednesday, there are smaller parades that include fantastical performances and live music, but the main event takes place around Shrove Tuesday and is dominated by ‘Gilles,’ or performers styled like clowns who wear everything from wax masks to wooden shoes.

© ines s./Flickr
Binche Carnival © ines s./Flickr

Carnival of Oruro

Also named as a ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO, the Carnival of Oruro in Bolivia is over 200 years old and is steeped in rich history. This particular carnival is indigenous in origin but was expanded over time to include Christian rituals as well. This carnival is focused heavily on traditional dances and ceremonies — the traditional dance of the festival is known as the ‘llama llama’ or diablada, and there are over 48 dance groups that perform over 15 different folk dances throughout the festivities.

Carnival of Viareggio

The Carnival of Viareggio, held in the Tuscan town of, well, Viareggio, is upheld as one of Europe’s most important and well-known festivals. The main parade takes place next to Viareggio’s beach on its main strip and features floats and masks, both of which are made of paper, and depict politicians, athletes and other famous figures, and all of the floats each year are built across the city in what is referred to as the ‘Carnival Citadel.’ In fact, the origin of the carnival was simply a disagreement-turned-competition between Viareggio’s townspeople — while the wealthier citizens wanted a parade of flowery floats, local citizens decided to protest while adorned with masks.

© Angelo Romano/Flickr
Carnival of Viareggio © Angelo Romano/Flickr

Sitges Carnival

The Sitges Carnival in Spain, which takes place in February and attracts over 2,000 visitors, is located in a town a little ways south of Barcelona, which is primarily known for this outrageous event. Events kick off with the arrival of a figure called ‘King Carnestoltes’ and, like the Carnival of Santa Cruz, include a ‘burial of the sardine,’ along with numerous parades with names like ‘Debauchery’ and ‘Extermination,’ which should give visitors a good idea of what these parades are all about. Two huge traditions of the Sitges Carnival are folk dancing and xanotades, which is a meal comprised of an omelette served with a local salad.

Ivrea Carnival

Italy‘s Ivrea Carnival is based around a huge, battle-style event referred to as the ‘Battle of the Oranges,’ which is famously the biggest food fight in all of Italy. Though it remains a mystery as to how this tradition came about, it is a favorite Italian tradition and one that is joyously observed each year in February, when townspeople divide into a number of teams and literally throw oranges at each other for three full days, ending the carnival on Shrove Tuesday with a silent march and code phrase ‘arvedse a giobia a ‘n bot,‘ which means ‘see you next Thursday at one.’ However, ‘next Thursday’ refers to the following year’s carnival, meaning the events are over for the next year.

Ivrea Carnival © Giò-S.p.o.t.s./Flickr

Torello Carnival

The Torello Carnival takes place outside of Barcelona at the end of February through the beginning of March and is a dedicated festival of drunken revelry and outright insanity (search the ‘Pullasu celebration‘ on Youtube to see something extraordinarily strange). Alongside this is a crossdressing parade, where men dress (scantily) as women, and there’s plenty of binge drinking to go around as well — all around, the Torello Carnival is not for the faint of heart.

Just in case y'all didn't notice, the Socadrome killing the Savannah. Why shoot yuh-self in the foot?  The light's on but it don't look like anybody home. 

At least SOCADROME gave us a partial attendance figure. Try getting that from KEITH DIAZ and the PANORAMA. And most of all, they claimed that it was CRIME FREE. If they could have a NICE, CIVILIZED CARNIVAL in the SOCADROME -- I am for that 100%!!!

And they even boast how they had PAN IN THE TING and PLENTY CALYPSO. And everybody wanted PAN IN CARNIVAL!!!

Of course they will charge a fee, eventually. But if the show is good enough people should be made to pay!!!


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