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Trinidad's streets fill with the sound of Carnival

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  • Trinidad hosts the Caribbean's largest Carnival celebration
  • Revelers donned their costumes at daybreak to take part in parades
  • Celebrations expected to draw more one than million people to Trinidad
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CNN's Sam Feist
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Port of Spain, TRINIDAD (CNN) -- Trinidad hosted the Caribbean's largest Carnival celebration Tuesday. Across the country, revelers donned their costumes at daybreak to take part in parades and marches on the day before Ash Wednesday.

The streets of Port of Spain swelled with tourists, marchers and onlookers as bands paraded throughout Trinidad's capital.

Carnival celebrations were expected to draw over one million revelers and tourists to Trinidad.

Events began over the weekend with the children's parade through Port of Spain and a massive steel drum band competition called Panorama.

Masqueraders marched in non-musical "bands" which each ranged in size from the dozens to the thousands.

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Partygoers danced to Trinidad's unique brand of Calypso and Soca music that was blasted throughout the city by massive sound trucks rolling in parades behind bands. Masqueraders donned elaborate themed costumes with flowing beads, glitter and feathers.

Costumes can cost as much as $750.

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