In addition
to the exhibits, the festival also showcases the performing arts indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago. These include: The Steel Band Orchestra, Calypso and Soca, Limbo and other T&T folk dances. Typically, the festival features a US-based Calypso/Soca bands competition; a Calypso Monatrch Ciontest ope to local and international calypsonians and patterned after the contest of the same name in Trinidad at Carnival time; Steelband and panJazz performances with bands from areas throughout the United States; and T&T Folk Dancers from as far as Toronto, Canada. One of the main features of the festival weekend is a performance by one of the top Calypso/Soca singers and/or bands from Trinidad and Tobago.

History of the Festival: The festival began as a one-day event in August 1986, the same year the Association was formed. the name was then the "Trinidad & Tobago Day in the Park." After two years of hosting the one-day event the great response from the Caribbean communities in the Baltimore area and nearby States was an impetus for the organizers to increase the program to two days. In the past six years the events has grown to a three-day program. During the past thirteen years of the event the attendance has a grown to a level that averages approximately 10,000-15,000 annually. Also during this same period, the event hosted the Baltimore Steelband Pan-O-Rama Competition for five years, and artists such as: The Mighty Sparrow, David Rudder, The baron, Black Stalin, Calypsonian Crazy, Shadow, Iwer George, Ronnie Mc Intosh, Colin Lucas, and bands such as: Sound Revolution, Machel Montano and Xtatik, Charlies Roots and Surface.


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