Nor did I, until I started my research. However, there are over 100 Caribbean carnivals that held each year, around the world. Even through my extensive research, I wonder, if I missed any carnivals out and I am sure I have. Needless to say, I have counted approximately 110 live carnivals and identified a further 16 carnivals which have either been cancelled, not in existence, merged or renamed. The mas band count is significantly higher and have so far identified over 770 mas bands globally and counting. It is a slow, complex journey into the world wide web, weaving through the vast myriad of outdated social media information, non-existant mas camps, or unclaimed websites simply abandoned to the hosts. I am pretty sure, that this is not the final exhaustive list, as the phenomena of the Caribbean carnival and the need to play mas is growing and the demand for bands offering the ranges to suit are equal in growth.
…As once you experience that soca vibe, you just can’t go back. It’s addictive, almost like drugs, you crave for that next soca fix. Then comes the nervous build-up, setting the expectation for that ultimate excitement; which sends you wild, when it reaches. You can literally lose your mind! Finally, there’s the comedown known as ‘Carnival Tabanca’, that is whenever a major or local carnival ends and you can’t deal with anything until that next soca high.
Social media has got to take some credit also. For it has allowed us experiences beyond our realms and the simplicity that allows us, to connect with the love of soca and carnivals. Now, because of social media, we can go to Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and the many other platforms, to search for videos and pictures of any carnival anywhere in the world or connect with people, with instant results. Fundamentally, it has allowed carnivals to grow, just look at the Grenada tourism statistic chart below as an example of tourism growth.
Quite simply, Trinidad carnival roots are embedded in deep history, with government support to make it the best show on the earth. Trinidad carnival, hands down is the best Caribbean carnival, however, unlike most other carnivals, it is fortunately funded by the lottery, as well as other major sponsorships every year. According to Guardian TT, (6 Jan 2018) four million of lottery-funded money was attributed to the carnival this year, an actual 50% cut from last year funding. According to research for the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC.org, 2017) Tourism heavily contributes into Trinidad’s GDP and in 2016, ‘Travel & Tourism generated US$7.6 trillion (10.2% of global GDP) and 292 million jobs in 2016, equivalent to 1 in 10 jobs in the global economy.
It certainly does not help that it is the most promoted Caribbean carnival, so even if you have not attended a carnival, you would have heard of and been encouraged to go to Trinidad.
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