Speech About Carnival

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What do you think about when you hear the words Carnival and Junkanoo? Do you think of music, excitement, party, costumes and colors? Well, you are certainly right. Known as the greatest show on earth, Carnival is an explosion of color, music, carousing and originality. Carnival involves huge masquerade bands, dazzling costumes, exciting music and unmatched energy for partying. The Carnival season begins right after the Christmas leftovers have been put in the fridge and ends with a final 3-day frenzy that ends on Ash Wednesday. It is a holiday season that last approximately one month and climaxes in a large party in Port of Spain on the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday with celebrations such as Dimanche Gras, J’ouvert, and Mas. Music styles associated with Carnival include soca, calypso and steel pan. The festival of Carnival was originated with Italian Catholics in Europe, spreading to the French and Spanish, who brought the pre-Lenten tradition when they settled and brought slaves to Trinidad, Dominica, Haiti, Martinique and other islands. The word Carnival means “farewell to meat” or farewell to flesh”. It references the Catholic practice of abstaining from red meat from Ash Wednesday until Easter. Historians believe the first "modern" Caribbean Carnival to have originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the late 18th century, as a flood of French immigrants brought the Masquerade tradition with them to the island. The people participating in
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