Top Mardi Gras carnivals around the world

Updated: Feb 09, 2013 13:02 IST

It’s billed as the biggest Carnival celebration in the Caribbean. While Brazil may have the samba, in Trinidad the strains that waft throughout the islands are soca, calypso and steelpan music. One of the signature events is J’Ouvert, a contraction of the words 'jour' and 'ouvert' or day open, which kickstarts the festival at 4 am Monday morning. Under a cloak of night, revelers take over the streets for a pre-dawn party, painting themselves in chocolate, mud, oil or paint to depict devils, demons, monsters and imps. Photo: AFP/Blacqbook/shutterstock.com
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It’s billed as the biggest Carnival celebration in the Caribbean. While Brazil may have the samba, in Trinidad the strains that waft throughout the islands are soca, calypso and steelpan music. One of the signature events is J’Ouvert, a contraction of the words 'jour' and 'ouvert' or day open, which kickstarts the festival at 4 am Monday morning. Under a cloak of night, revelers take over the streets for a pre-dawn party, painting themselves in chocolate, mud, oil or paint to depict devils, demons, monsters and imps. Photo: AFP/Blacqbook/shutterstock.com

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