Trinidad’s Carnival city at the Queens Park Savannah was a flurry of activity recently, as the National Carnival Commission staged the launch event for Carnival 2024.
While there was a spectacular turnout on November 4, many in attendance were concerned about how poorly they thought the event was organised and the general direction of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago. The widespread feeling is that Carnival is not marketed as well as it could be internationally and the country is missing out on invaluable tourism dollars. The sentiment is that rival, newer carnivals are gaining traction to the detriment of T&T.
Trinidad’s Carnival is always held on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday in Trinidad and Tobago. The 2024 edition will be on February 12-13.
Comedienne Nikki Crosby, who was one of the hosts for the evening, told Loop News that Carnival should be better marketed.
This sentiment was echoed by calypsonian Blackie who believes that the organisers take for granted the fact that carnival was started there.
Blackie said: “We need to market carnival more because you’re hearing about Japan carnival, you’re hearing about this one carnival and that one carnival. It’s just about the marketing because Trinidad and Tobago is the mother of all carnivals. We made carnival and I don’t know if we’re taking that for granted.”