Carnival in Trinidad is the biggest, most spectacular masquerade on earth, but how did it start?
Carnival in Trinidad originated with the wealthy French Catholic plantation owners. As a precursor to Lent, they threw fancy masquerade balls to celebrate, before entering the 40-day period of fasting and reflection.
The Coronavirus pandemic has spread its infectious tentacles across the globe and has thrown life into disarray. Here in Durham, the summer has always been associated with activities and events that celebrate the people and traditions of the Caribbean. Unfortunately, the summer of 2020 is likely to be less colorful and vibrant than the previous years, but in pure Caribbean form, we will rise and adapt.
Durham Carifest was started to celebrate the vibrant culture of the Caribbean in Durham. Moreover, we wanted to share with people the culture of the Caribbean and establish it as a place where three generations of families could come together and experience the Caribbean. We got the opportunity to create this annual festival after an event that previously occupied the space in Durham could no longer operate.