How To Budget For Carnival (In Trinidad)
These are the major categories of expenses for carnival
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Accommodations will probably be the larger expense depending on how long you stay.
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You want to book flights to Port of Spain early to save and avoid long stopovers.
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Costumes are released around July/August and will be another major expense, depending on the band.
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Carnival Tuesday is your day to don your chosen carnival costume and hit the road for the parade.
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Monday wear. Your costume is for Tuesday so for Carnival Monday, you have to pick another outfit.
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J'ouvert cost won't break the bank but it's an event you probably don't want to miss.
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J'ouvert occurs at daybreak on Carnival Monday morning and can include paint, mud and/or oil.
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Food: You should definitely try out Trinidadian cuisine.
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There are several types of carnival fetes
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Cooler fetes aren't drink or food inclusive but you're allowed to bring your own. These are cheapest
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Drink inclusive fetes include the cost of drinks so you can get unlimited drinks at the bar.
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All-inclusive fetes include both food and drink
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Some fetes also include live performances.
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