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Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 5 – Dimanche Gras
Posted By Sarina On February 9, 2013 @ 10:12 am In articles,Featured,multimedia,Trini Scenes | Comments Disabled
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.
For a historical look at this annual event visit Terry Joseph’s article “Dimanche Gras ”
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)
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”.
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!
This post was originally published on February 6, 2007. It has been updated three times since then.
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URLs in this post:
 Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/series/trinidad-and-tobago-carnival/
 Trinidad and Tobago Carnival – A Brief Overview: http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/trinidad-and-tobago-carnival-a-brief-overview/
 Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 2 – Soca Music: http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/trinidad-and-tobago-carnival-part-2-soca-music/
 Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 7 – Carnival Bands: http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/trinidad-and-tobago-carnival-part-5-carnival-bands/
 Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 3 – Steelbands and Panorama: http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/trinidad-and-tobago-carnival-part-3-steelbands-and-panorama/
 Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 4 – Fetes!: http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/trinidad-and-tobago-carnival-part-4-fetes/
 Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 6 – J’Ouvert & Ole Time Mas: http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/trinidad-and-tobago-carnival-part-7-jouvert-ole-time-mas/
 Trinidad & Tobago Carnival: Part 8 – Road March: http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/trinidad-tobago-carnival-part-8-road-march/
 Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 9 – Ash Wednesday: http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/trinidad-and-tobago-carnival-part-10-ash-wednesday/
 Dimanche Gras: http://www.trinicenter.com/Terryj/2004/Feb/222004.htm
 Bertie’s Trinidad Pelau: http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/berties-trinidad-pelau-recipe/
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