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.
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.