After Christmas is time to find your dancing shoes and start planning Carnival

FESTIVALS IN CARIBBEAN: Carnival is a festival with background from Europe, but the Caribbean has adopted the celebration and taken it to heights unsurpassed anywhere in the world. Once Christmas season is over in the Caribbean, it´s time to find your dancing shoes and start planning next Carnival. If you happen to be there in February or March, you can catch these celebrations that´s once-in-a-lifetime experience.

You will find carnivals held for Ash Wednesday, a significant day on the Christian calendar, in Trinidad, Tobago, Guyana, St Maarten, Puerto Rico Dominica and Curacao. And visitors are welcome to join inn these raucous events offer experience like no other. Expect flamboyant parades, performances, dancing and music and street food.

Trinidad and Tobago have the best-known carnival of the year. Start is Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday ant it´s a blaze of color, costume and parades plus dozens of high energy parties and cultural competitions.

While it´s not strictly a carnival, the Kadooment of Barbados is an experiment of a lifetime, an event held to celebrate the end of sugar cane harvest in August. An event where Masquerade Bands with revelers dressed in sequin costumes decorated with feathers, dancing behind music trucks.

Costumes and sex. Besides the music, Carnival is all about the costumes and to say that costumes are extravagant is an understatement. Like most parties, you can´t just show up empty-handed- The most important advice is to plan early. For Carnival in Trinidad, book hotel and flights as early as the previous July. Tourists can join in private parties.

Casual sex with strangers is part of the game in a part of the world with the highest HIV and AIDS rates in the world. For good reason survival kits include condoms. As the organisers say: Use them!

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