In the weeks running up to Carnival there are many festival and events that take place in the capital Port of Spain.
Here you can see a lady who has entered the competition to become the Queen of Carnival 2011. Each contestant has a costume especially designed for them which they parade around in front of the crowds and a panel of judges. This costume is based on the different types of curry eaten by the Indian population of Trinidad.
Some of the costumes in the competition are absolutely enormous and contestants often require help getting on and off stage. In extreme case contestants can fall over and need to be carted off stage by a team of helpers!