From: Monday, September 24 2007, 7:00 am
to: Sunday, October 7 2007, 5:00 pm
Trinidad's sister isle, Tobago stages its very own festivities in its capital, Scarborough. Organised by the National Carnival Band Association (NCBA), the festival promises costumed parades, wild parties and general merriment.
This event was introduced to boost tourism and provide excitement on the island for those escaping cold weather in the Northern Hemisphere. It kicks off with Night Mas, a feature of the annual carnival in Trinidad. As the name implies, this activity takes place after sunset when it is cool and masqueraders can dance through the streets in comfort.
Another main feature is a queen show in Shaw Park where eight contestants vie for the coveted title of Miss Tobago. The show is followed by a free party which sets the stage for J'ouvert, (French for the opening of day). J'ouvert usually starts before the break of dawn around 4am and includes a parade of mobile DJ trucks and revellers attired in paint, mud or makeshift costumes jumping up through the streets.
J'ouvert is symbolic of the old giving way to the new, so by the time daylight takes over, a spectacular array of feather and sequin costumed bands have taken over the streets of Scarborough, the capital.
But, the action doesn't stop there. Later that day the NCBA hosts a huge free party in the centre of Scarborough, Ah We Jam, and the following day all and sundry end their fantastic week at a Blow Outat the Mt Irvine Bay facilities.