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What do you get when you combine thousands of sexy masqueraders, endless jumping and wining in the streets, a steady flow of island drinks and blaring soca tunes? Answer: Carnival in Trinidad. Known as THE GREATEST PARTY ON EARTH, the celebrations around Carnival takes place annually on this tiny cultural melting pot of an island.

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This year’s festivities officially kicked off on the weekend of February 13th and didn’t end until Beyonce’s final performance of the “I AM…..” world tour in Port of Spain on February 18th, 2010.

During Carnival, there are so many parties, events, things to do, and things to know that I decided to go through Antilia which offers a variety of all-inclusive packages to experience Carnival like a true VIP!

As soon as I touched down, I was greeted by my driver who drove me to the new, chic and modern Carlton Savannah boutique hotel. My room was gigantic and gorgeous with every amenity I could ask for. The best surprise upon my arrival was the pretty rectangular box that contained my sexy Carnival costume along with a detailed itinerary and invitations to the exclusive parties, excursions, and events surrounding Carnival.

Sunday Evening, 2.14.10

I arrived just in time in time for the exclusive party thrown by Brian Lara  (world famous cricket player and businessman) which was thrown at his elaborate mansion.  The champagne was flowing, the top soca artists performed and there was roti, doubles, and all the other delicious food you could imagine.  His party was full of the “who’s who” of Trinidad including the President of T&T, George Maxwell Richards, Wendy Fitzwilliam (Former Miss Universe) Anya Ayoung Chee (Miss Trinidad & Tobago 2008), and other famous foreigners including Actor Malik Yoba, TV personality AJ Calloway, Jamaal Magloire (NBA player), etc. Every aspect of the party was fabulous and fun!

Brian Lara, Travelista Teri

Monday, 2.15.10 (2:00 AM – 8:00 AM)

J’ouvert time!  I was up by 2am in preparation to get dirty with the Dirty Dozen J’ouvert band.   I chose to wear some old clothes that I didn’t mind throwing away. There were thousands of revelers out on the streets dancing, jumping up, wining, and having a good time, while covering themselves and each other in mud, paint, chocolate, and powder.  I met up with T&T born model Sandhurst Miggins, who showed me how to get down and dirty at this world famous nighttime fete.  This exhilarating street party is for everyone. From the richest businessman to the local farmer, people come out to express themselves and enjoy the music, camaraderie, drinks and good vibes. Check out Travelista TV for video coverage of J’ouvert!

Model Sandhurst Miggins, Travelista Teri

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