Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 5 – Dimanche Gras

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

Dimanche Gras takes place on the Sunday night before Ash Wednesday. Here the Calypso Monarch is chosen (after competition) and prize money and a vehicle bestowed. Also the King and Queen of the bands are crowned, where each band to parade costumes for the next two days submits a king and queen, from which an overall winner is chosen. These usually involve huge, complex, beautiful costumes. In recent years however this traditional format has been tweaked and adjusted so that all of the above fall on different nights leading up to the Sunday Night.

For a historical look at this annual event visit Terry Joseph’s article “Dimanche Gras

SIGHTS:

Singing Sandra, Calypsonian

Singing Sandra dressed in white singing ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ in the Calypso Monarch competition (2003)

The compositions performed on Dimanche Gras night tend to be socio-political commentaries on the issues of the day (both local, regional, and international)

Pink Panther “Travel Woes” (Calypso Monarch 2013)

SOUNDS:

Queen of the band competition 2006 at Queen Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, CARIBBEAN. The performer is Peter Minshall’s “Daughter of Tan Tan”.

TASTES:

Trinidad Pelau

Bertie’s Trinidad Pelau (my father usually makes 2 ‘big pots’ of pelau that last us through Carnival Sunday to Ash Wednesday). Carnival is not a time to be slaving over a stove daily! His pelau making days are now behind him though, and I will be taking the helm this year for the first time!

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  • http://kitchenmusings.typepad.com veron

    that pelau looks utterly scrumptious. My kind of food… a complete meal in itself!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      it’s the ultimate one-pot meal i think lolz :D also one of our national dishes :D

  • http://kitchenmusings.typepad.com veron

    that pelau looks utterly scrumptious. My kind of food… a complete meal in itself!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      it’s the ultimate one-pot meal i think lolz :D also one of our national dishes :D

  • http://www.stealthybean.blogspot.com/ Beenzzz

    The pelau looks so good. I’m getting so hungry just looking at the picture!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      aww! you so kind!! :D wait.. now i’m getting hungry too :P

  • http://www.stealthybean.blogspot.com/ Beenzzz

    The pelau looks so good. I’m getting so hungry just looking at the picture!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      aww! you so kind!! :D wait.. now i’m getting hungry too :P

  • http://www.meltingwok.com MeltingWok

    wow, the rice looks really gooood :) Are they regular long grain rice, or glutinous sticky rice ?

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      it is regular long grain rice :) preferably parboiled :) one can also use brown rice :)

  • http://www.meltingwok.com MeltingWok

    wow, the rice looks really gooood :) Are they regular long grain rice, or glutinous sticky rice ?

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      it is regular long grain rice :) preferably parboiled :) one can also use brown rice :)

  • http://hotmail anusha

    Dimanche Gras is a huge celebration in trinidad and most enjoy it

  • lisa

    make
    sure and have a good
    2010 dimanche gras

  • lisa

    make
    sure and have a good
    2010 dimanche gras

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