Toppa Top 10: The Best Caribbean Carnivals

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Words by Steve Bennett, Erin MacLeod, Jesse Serwer and Jillionaire—

Trinidad Carnival

It’s officially, unequivocally carnival season. Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Dominica, Martinique and Rio de Janeiro are just a few of the places where people are either in the midst of taking to the streets in vibrant, raucous and occasionally hedonistic displays of national pride, or are about to. With the biggest carnival in our region about to kick off in Port of Spain, we tapped our feting experts for their picks for the region’s top festivals. For more carnival vibesdownload LargeUp’s 2013 soca mix Fog Up D Place mixed by Jillionaire.

Start the list here.

*This list is purely for entertainment purposes. The selection process, though based on considerations of size, scope and uniqueness, was entirely unscientific. If you think we’re fools for not including your island’s carnival, tell us why in the comments.

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8 Responses

  1. Visiting Toronto for the first time - Page 2 - City-Data Forum

    […] Excellent two posts overall TOkidd, I find myself even as a former resident picking up a few things here and there for future visits when reading your posts. This point quoted though I had to address. Technically Caribana is actually "larger" than Trinidad's Carnival if you are basing it on how many visitors it attracts. Labor Day in Brooklyn and Notting Hill in London both draw more as well, but that should give you a view into why bigger does not always equal better. As far as it being the best outside of Trinidad, that blatantly ignores every single other Caribbean country that hosts its own traditional Carnival each year as well, some with a history that equals T&T in some cases. I know alot of folks are not truly versed in Caribbean culture, but this is a good read for anyone who is interested. Toppa Top 10: The Best Caribbean Carnivals – Page 11 of 12 – LargeUp […]

  2. venezolanatrini .

    Trinidad carnival is the greatest everywhere else is imitation, and as the saying goes it’s the best form of flattery. ??????????

  3. Rental Italy

    Amazing photos! So many great alternatives to crowded and expensive Carnivak of Rio. The article is definitely worth your attention.


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