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Along with the honor comes an enormous trophy, a car, TT 0,000 (approx. Other prestigious titles are the King and Queen of the Bands (; the International Soca Monarch (both Groovy and Power); the Carnival Road March; and Panorama (for steelpan). There are also limbo, stickfighting, and other competitions.
As with other Carnivals, many participants wear elaborate costumes, often decorated with feathers and sequins.
It is said that if the islanders are not celebrating it, then they are preparing for it, while reminiscing about the past year's festival.
The heart of the musical celebration has been calypso; recently soca has replaced calypso as the most celebrated type of music.
Carnival "bands" are organized groups made up of participants who pay for costumes fashioned by a designer and assembled by teams of volunteers.
The costumed participants dance through the streets to the sounds of a steel band, a soca band or a d.j. A unique feature of this parade is that locals and tourists alike participate in the parade of bands.
The Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is an annual event celebrated on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago is the most significant event on the islands' cultural and tourism calendar, with numerous cultural events running in the lead up to the street parade on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
Today musical competitions make up a large part of formal Carnival; groups and individuals compete hard to win.To be named Calypso Monarch is one of the island's greatest honours, and the competition is aired on television.Carnival also oringinally lasted 2 months but now lasts 2 days.Trinidad's Carnival is said to be the best Carnival in the world and in second Brazil.Costume, stickfighting and limbo competitions are also important components of the festival.
Carnival is also said to have been created in Trinidad and Tobago when the French slaved the africans and when slavery was abolished the african created carnival to celebrate.