Concerts and Easter celebrations typically highlight the April events calendar in the Caribbean.
Christianity -- and especially Catholicism -- is the dominant religion throughout the Caribbean, and many island residents are quite devout. So, despite the revelry associated with the pre-Lentin Carnival, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday tend to be solemn occasions in the Caribbean. With its emphasis on family, however, spending Easter in the islands also can be a warm and welcoming experience for visitors and, as with most things in the Caribbean, local traditions put a unique tropical spin on the holiday's religious and secular celebrations.
Tobago's Buccoo village is home to a unique Trinidad and Tobago tradition and a poor-man's alternative to horse racing: goat races. Since 1925, goats and their "jockeys" have been competing on a 100-yard track during the Buccoo Goat Race Festival. The competition, held on the Tuesday after Easter, includes jockeys who run barefoot behind their goats and use twigs to whip them into motion. There's plenty of drinking and gambling, with all of the trappings of a "real" race course, including stables, trainers, and even a post parade. Buccoo is also home to another great local competition: crab racing, in which blue crabs are guided with string and bamboo poles towards the finish line in a event that's both more serious and more fun than it might sound.
Also known as the Plymouth Jazz Festival (after Tobago's main town), this annual three-day concert brings world-famous acts to the normally sleepy smaller sister that comprises Trinidad & Tobago. Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Shakira, and Steel Pulse are among the headliners, proving that the festival is not about jazz alone.
This festival on the south coast of the island honors those who are part of the Barbados’ fishing industry with calypso and reggae music and traditional Bajan fare like fish cakes, fried fish, souse (a kind of pickled pork), and head cheese.