Panorama Carnival 2017 - Port Of Spain, Trinidad

Panorama is the annual steel band competition held during Carnival in Trinidad. Held every year since 1963 it showcases the best steel bands with players coming from all over the world for the event. These photos highlight some bands from the large band finals (95 to 120 players) which takes place on the Queen's Park Savannah stage in Port of Spain.

The pan stands are rolled up and onto the stage by the players and pushers and moved together to form the band. Once in place the wheels are chocked and the players hop in behind their instruments. The band has 8 minutes to get their band on stage and assembled. It looks like barely controlled chaos but a lot of logistics and planning insure everything comes together in time.
Some bands literally fill the stage from front to back.
The band is introduced ...
... and they're off and running!
The steel pan is the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago but it's popularity has spread with steel band festivals now held throughout the world.
People fly in from all over the world to play in this competition.
Some bands also have their own performers.
Panorama draws an enormous crowd. The music and performances are incredible and the finals last well into the night. It's really an event that has to be experienced live for the full effect but you can see some performances from this year that have been posted on YouTube to get an idea of the talent involved in playing these instruments.
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