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 Carnival in Aruba     

Carnival has existed in one form or the other on the island of Aruba just before the Lenten season. During the 1930's social clubs such as the Largo Marine and Pan-am clubs started organizing costumes balls. These celebrations grew greatly and in 1945 the party was taken to the streets with music and people dressed in costumes. The Pan-am club was the club that engineered the celebrations going in the streets. These celebrations have become bigger and bigger each year and has now become the largest annual cultural bacchanal.

When the announcement was made that World War II had ended, people went into the streets to celebrate the end of the war with steel pans to celebrate the end of the war. The Aruba Trivole Club and the Antilliana Club spearheaded the formation of parades into one major event that subsequently led to the forming of the Central Carnival Committee of Aruba in December. The first organized carnival parade was established in 1955. It is believed that the current festival still follows the structure of the original committee. The growth was phenomenal and spread throughout the island and in 1956 saw the introduction of a Children's Carnival.

Carnival became an integral part of the island's culture and as such other committees were founded. These committees focused their attention on creating a bigger and better carnival. The youth committee focused their attention on creating a bigger and better carnival for the children with the formation of the Youth Carnival committee. The first Calypso competition took place in 1964 and Paul Connor won the calypso crown. Paul Connor went on to become the first Calypso King of the Aruba Carnival the following year. Steelband was introduced into the Carnival parades in 1967, And has become the first choice of music. Since then Brass Bands have become very popular and are now part of the total Aruba Carnival extravaganza.

Competitions became bigger and prizes were even larger, this saw many of the versed calypsonians and the upcoming youths competing for recognition and fame at these events. To date the Aruba Carnival has grown in leaps and bounds and encompasses the total Carnival arena. Some people have even gone as far as to compare it to the Trinidad Carnival.

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