The most popular carnival in the Caribbean takes place in Trinidad and Tobago and is surely the event that best represents the Caribbean culture. The tradition of Carnival first began at the end of the 18th century when the slaves parodied the festivals of their masters to forget the hardships of their work. Preparation and choosing the theme of the carnival takes several months. The festivities start on the Sunday before Mardi Gras, with the election of the king and the queen, and last for three days. This event is very important for the inhabitants, as it represents their culture, their traditions and their history.
This event also shows off another important aspect of the local culture: the music. Music is everywhere, in the streets, in the shops, in the cars, etc. The small islands of Trinidad and Tobago have had a major influence on music and dance in general, since we owe the soca, the calypso and the steelpan styles to them (among others).