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Tobago does not need a second Carnival – Trinidad & Tobago Express

Tobago does not need a second Carnival
Trinidad & Tobago Express
In a television interview, the Minister of Tobago Development, Vernella Alleyne-Toppin, in response to a question on nearby competing carnivals, stated the plan to hold another carnival in Tobago in October did not coincide with any other Caribbean carnivals.

There are some carnivals which, although being held in months other than October, are, in my opinion, still vying for the limited time and resources of “would-be ” travellers, including returning Trinbagonians.

There is the Barbados Crop Over, Grenada’s Spice Mas, St Vincent’s Vincy carnival, St Lucia carnival and other lesser-known carnival-type festivals, for example, Junkanoo in the Bahamas. Further, in North America, from which we will expect most of our visitors, there are the Trinidad-style Labour Day Parade in Brooklyn, New York; Miami carnival in Florida; Philadelphia carnival in Pennsylvania; and, more recently, Baltimore carnival in Maryland, all in the US; and Caribana in Toronto, Canada.

In addition, it is apparent that the Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism and his Government have not given consideration to the fact that the month of October is one of the wettest months in the year.

Maybe having a day allocated for a “Trinidad-style” Carnival during the Tobago Heritage Festival will not only give a boost to this festival but will be cost-effective.
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