Bridgeport is well known for its diversity of people. There are at least 52 ethnic groups within the city boundaries. The community of Trinidadians and Tobagans is one of them.
Thus, the Trinidad and Tobago Association’s Gita Capasso said, “The Trinidad and Tobago community in Bridgeport is not as large as others that emigrated from other Caribbean islands, but it’s growing. We are here and we need to know each other. That is one of the reasons we will be celebrating a family day on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Seaside Park in Bridgeport.
“We want people from Trinidad and Tobago to have the opportunity to interact and talk about common issues of our homeland,” said Capasso. “That day we will have food, music, kids’ activities. It will be a fun day.”
The Trinidad and Tobago Association has worked hard to prepare this event for the whole community, Capasso said. “We want people from Bridgeport and beyond to see what we have to offer. Last year was the first time we gathered and we had a lot of fun. We are convinced this year it will be better because our population has grown.”
The association normally meets monthly, but during the planning of the event they are meeting more often, she said. “There are a lot of details we have to cover.”
Trinidad and Tobago is a country located in Central America. It obtained its independence from England in 1962. It is a country with beautiful beaches, Capasso said. Oil and gas production are the main industries.
The country is also known for its carnival. An explosion of color, music, revelry and creativity, Trinidad’s Carnival has given rise to similar celebrations around the world — similar to Mardi Gras but bigger, says Capasso. People from around the world travel to see the colorful costumes and the many bands displayed throughout the country.
“In Carnival you are what you want to be,” she said. “Some people are kings and queens, some are animals, other are gods. It’s an event to share the country’s traditions with others.”
People from many different cultures live in Trinidad, Capasso pointed out. “You see Spanish-speaking people, French, and English people. The main language is English, but Patua, a dialect, is spoken, and also Spanish.
“The population of Trinbagonians — as people from this region are called — in Bridgeport and neighboring towns is growing, but we don’t have the opportunity to share time together because of work and other daily routines,” Capasso said.
The event starts at 2:30 p.m. “We expect a large crowd. A representative of the Trinidad ambassador in United States and Mayor Bill Finch have confirmed their attendance,” she said.
Trinidad and Tobago Association is a nonprofit organization whose objective is to promote awareness of all that Trinidad and Tobago has to offer — and to enrich and enhance the lives of people with origins in Trinidad and Tobago. It also seeks to improve the communities in which they live, including Bridgeport and surrounding areas, said Capasso.
“The organization invites the community to share a day of fun and friendship,” Capasso said. For more information about the organization and the event, visit ttassocofbpt.webs.com.