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History of Trinidad Carnival 

Trinidad's Carnival has many influences due to its rich cultural background and colorful mix of ethnic and racial backgrounds. The French introduced Carnival when they arrived in 1783 in the form of masquerade balls. Not being able to participate in the festivities, slaves would hold their own celebrations incorporating African influences. In 1838 after slavery was abolished, the freed Africans took to the streets to celebrate. Today, Trinidad Carnival starts right after Christmas, you start hearing the new music and everyone counts down to the most intense week ever!Carnival is uninhibited mas, wildness, revelry and bass thumping that bring people of all races and nationalities together for a week of nonstop feting.

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