The LIME Carnival Fete

'Ready yuh self' for this ultra party at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad

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In Trinidad, fetes take place across the island as part of the lead-up to Carnival, with things shifting into high gear the week before Mass Tuesday, which occurs right before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, a season of austerity in the Christian calendar.

LIME joined the fete scene in 2010. This ultra party with a charitable element happens at the luxury  Hyatt Regency on the waterfront in Port-of-Spain. It's become a staple on the party scene and has staked out Carnival Wednesday before Mas Tuesday as its floating party date.

Party organizers strictly enforce the dress code: white outfits with a touch of lime. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. and last until about 1 a.m. the following morning. The fete takes place on the terraces of the hotel and on the promenade along the waterfront. Tickets for LIME 2017 started at US$275, providing guests with an unlimited array of food and drinks prepared by an international roster of Hyatt chefs and entertainment by island superstars. It's worth every penny. (To buy tickets online, go to http://hyattlime.com/.)

Liming for a Cause

The Hyatt's LIME Fete pays homage to the historical Trinidadian tradition of relaxing by a river on the weekends; the word "lime" has gradually turned into a verb. The closest American translation is "hanging out," but it can be used to describe a party, a planned or unplanned social gathering, or just some people sitting around, killing time together. It's a Trini's favorite pastime.

In this case, they're aiming for a cause. Each year, Hyatt Regency Trinidad partners with the United Way of Trinidad and Tobago to donate a portion of the proceeds from the LIME Carnival Fete to a locally active nonprofit. Recipients to date include ALTA (Adult Literacy Tutors Association), Christ-Child Convalescent Home, The Heroes Foundation, Rainbow Rescue Home for Boys and Amica House for Girls.

It's never too early to begin planning your trip to Trinidad’s spectacular Carnival. Rooms book up quickly island-wide and flights fill with party-goers eager to experience the legendary celebration. One well-known island neighbor postpones its Carnival to August each year. It simply can't compete with the one in Trinidad.