What is Carnival?
Outside of the Caribbean “Carnival” represents an amusement park. Within the Caribbean however, “Carnival” is a festival of colors, which is transformed into costumes (Mas short for Masqurade), calypso, steel band music, dance and an array of different ethnic food and Caribbean art; which attracts millions of people from around the globe.
Different writers have indicated that Carnival originated in Africa and Europe. According to a study conducted by Dr. Hollis of Urban Liverpool, Carnival was originated in Africa. From the early morning activities of the slave who were then limited to the slave yard because they could not venture out onto the streets.
Carnival has become a year-round business entity in America that provides the following:
- A year-round business that provides enjoyment to millions of people
- Increases tourism and generates revenue for different city governments
- Provides employment and social stability
- Pays tribute to an art form in cities where Carnival is kept