The Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is a massive annual event held on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday in Trinidad and Tobago. The event is known for participants’ colorful costumes and exuberant celebrations. There are cultural events such as band launch fetes running in the lead up to the street parade on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.


Place: Port of Spain /
Trinidad and Tobago
Time: 1950s
Film: Normal 8
Frame Rate: 18 Pictures/Sec.  
Cutout: 9:20 Min.
Length Original: 12 Min.
Original-Scan: 2K
Web-Video: 720p
Remarks: Slight Grain Reduction

It is said that if the islanders are not celebrating it, then they are preparing for it, while reminiscing about the past year’s festival. Traditionally, the festival is associated with calypso music, with its origins formulated in the midst of hardship for enslaved West and Central Africans; recently Soca music has replaced calypso as the most celebrated type of music. Costumes, stick-fighting and limbo competitions are also important components of the festival. This film shows us the carnival in Port of Spain in the year 1953 or 1954.

The carnival groups we can see were called: Chinese Mandorins, Golden Eagle Warriors, Dog Patch, Saigon, Greatest Show on Earth, The Carnival Queen, Broken Teapot, Martinique, 40 Thieves of Baghdad, Seminoles, Ivanhoe, Black Velvet, Conquerors of Kiska, British Monarchy and Olympus. There was also a band called Harold Saldinah’s band, spotted by a viewer of

Harald Hofstetter

Journalist, geboren am 7. Mai 1976.
Lebt in Wien, stammt aus Gänserndorf (NÖ).

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