The Caribbean Pavilion is proud to be part of Carabram for 37 years. This year we are pleased to be sharing the Pavilion with Africa and China.
Sun, sand and sea are what often comes to mind when you think of the Caribbean. In fact, the Caribbean is all that and much more. The Caribbean has a rich history of culture and traditions. Carnival, one of our many traditions, has a complicated birthright, tied as it is to colonialism, religious conversion, and ultimately freedom and celebration. Important to the festival arts are the ancient African tradition of parading and moving through villages in costumes and masks. Carnival, in some form, is celebrated in all Caribbean islands; the events have several common themes, based on folklore, culture, religion, and traditions. English is not the official language in all Caribbean nations, but it is widely spoken throughout the Caribbean. Spanish, French, and Dutch are some of the other official languages. Numerous local dialects are spoken by indigenous populations throughout the Caribbean. Patois, a mixture of African languages and English, is the most spoken dialect in the Caribbean. Papiamento, another local dialect consists of a mixture of Spanish, Portuguese, French, English, Dutch, and African languages.