Canboulay Riots re-enacted on Carnival Friday

Caption: Two stickfighters during the annual re-enactment of the 1881 Canboulay Riots. (Photo courtesy

February 18, 2014: The Ministry of National Diversity and Social Integration's National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago continues its heritage awareness programme with another "Festival Tour" to the Annual Canboulay Riots Re-enactment 1881 on Carnival Friday morning.

The tour will take place on February 28 and will feature the 1991 Canboulay Riots Re-enactment.

Although the major Canboulay Riots took place in South Trinidad, The Canboulay Riot Reenactment 1881 takes place annually at Piccadilly on the Greens, Port of Spain.

This event showcases the beginning of the street parade for the Carnival Celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago. Canboulay or "Cannes Brulees", signifies the "burning cane" during slavery.

A skit is put on depicting the clash between the security forces and members of the procession. Activities such as: stick fighting; jab jab, blue devils and African drumming will also be on display.

Departure time to Piccadilly on the Greens is 3:45 am from the National Museum and Art Gallery (For persons coming from east, west or south of the island, transport can be arranged) The actural reenactment starts at 4 am and lasts for 4 hours.

Participants will then return to the National Museum (walking) where breakfast will be served.

The cost, which also includes the return fare, will vary depending on location. Persons Parking at Museum/NAPA will pay $100 per person for members of the Trust with non-members paying $125.

Members of the Trust from South or Central will pay $150 and $175 for non-members. The departure time from the Mon Repos Roundabout is 3:15 am.

Persons coming from the East (Arima/Curepe/San Juan) will pay $140 for members and $165 for non-members. These participants will leave from 3:15 am from the Arima PTSC Terminal.

Persons coming from the West (Diego Martin, St. James) will pay $125 for members and $150 per person for non-members. The transportation from the West will leave at 3:30 am from the Diego Martin Bus Terminal.

A minimum of 20 persons must be registered from the various routes in order to secure a charter. Persons interested in registering for this tour can contact the office of the National Trust at 624-6477 or via email at The deadline for registration is February 25, subject to availability of space. Payments can be made at the office or at any branch of First Citizens Bank to Account #1238698 in the name of: National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago.                                                                             


The Ministry of National Diversity and Social Integration
National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago
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