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Carnival Kicked Our Asses

We Thought We Could Hang. We Were Wrong.

3/19/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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He's 6'2" and 300 lbs ... but Atlanta Falcons defensive end Jonathan Babineaux got straight up WORKED at Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago ... telling TMZ Sports he partied so hard, "By the end, I couldn't hang anymore."

Babineaux and his brother Jordan (an NFL safety) just got back from a week-long rager in the Caribbean -- where they threw on body paint and costumes in the hopes of taking in all that Carnival had to offer.

Instead, Jonathan says he and Jordan got a serious reality check -- "I thought we partied hard. We don't. Those people can party. And it goes on a whole week. I was ready to go after a couple days."

Here's a sample of the party scene, according to Jonathan -- "There's a breakfast party in the morning until about 2. Then the day party until 10. Then the night party until 2am. Then the late late party until the morning. It's non-stop."

Jonathan says he and Jordan tried their best to keep up, pounding rum and pineapples like they meant business -- but by the end, they were completely drained.

Makes you kinda respect Rihanna more ... doesn't it?

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Fire them for partying too much

219 days ago


Rihanna is Bajan she participates in Crop Over not Trinidad Carnival. It's not the same at all smh

219 days ago


Crop Over (Barbados) and Trinidad & Tobago Carnival (The Greatest Show On Earth) is a completely different experience. RiRi needs to experience Trinidad THEN you can rate her. Our Carnival is two days of revelry excluding J'ouvert. Crop Over is just 1. Do your research ppl!

219 days ago


There is a lot more to Trinidad carnival than the week before, Jouvert and Monday and Tuesday Parade of the bands. Trinidad Carnival officially starts the first weekend of January, finishes the Wednesday after Carnival Tuesday, which can last 2 to 3months.... So Rihanna is not even ready or close to being ready for what Trinidad Carnival has to offer.

219 days ago


TMZ, get your life please. Rihanna has never done Carnival. She goes to Crop Over which requires a small fraction of the stamina necessary for taking part in Carnival...get it together. Actually, Tahiry should get the props here, she had a bawl this carnival.

219 days ago

MR. FETE    


OK Guys....the description you gave of the parties, I can see you were totally out of it.

Carnival is made up of a lot more than just that weekd before Monday and Tuesday...and I am not sure that you did EVERYTHING POSSIBLE...like my crew and I did.

If you wanna really experience it all again...PROPERLY....gimme a shout....we,ll teach you the SCIENCE behind PARTYING AT CARNIVAL.

And...as for Rihanna...Cropover (feting and parade on the road) is no comparison to T&T Carnival ... rope in Rihanna and let's show you all HOW IT IS DONE !

219 days ago

Sheldon Siegel    

I don't see how drinking booze all day can be considered a party.

219 days ago


Please give credit where credit is due. With no disrespect to any one person on Country, this is Trinidad and Tobago Carnival! There's just no other carnival like it. That should remain the focus

219 days ago


1. The most stupid part of this article..."respect Rihanna" Rihanna flies into BARBADOS for their Crop Over festival which is one day, and a much shorter route. Rihanna does not like Trinidad and says she'll never return after being booed off stage for a poor performance in her youth.

2. Carnival season starts at the band launch in July, but the fetes (parties) start from Boxing Day til Ash Wednesday. The major parts of Carnival starts the Friday before Ash Wednesday with the International Soca Monarch competition to crown the best Soca (our music) Artist, Saturday during the day is Kiddies Carnival, Saturday night is Panorama Finals where the best of steel drum compete, then Insomnia with all the best soca artists perform until midday Sunday, on Sunday there are breakfast parties that go til afternoon, Demanche Gras Sunday evening with the parade of Kings and Queens of Carnival Costumes, and Calypso(precurssor of Soca) finals. Monday morning is Jouvert (the traditional start of Carnival, translated to mean day break) following which is Carnival Monday & Tuesday mas, last lap Tuesday night and cool down Ash Wednesday.
3. The culture and history of Carnival is not mentioned and it's a history dating back to slavery.

219 days ago

Crack Rock    

LOL,...I think TMZ has to be talking about a different article. Obviously these bloggers has never left the country to know the difference between Crop-Over and Carnival. Great research.

219 days ago


Party like nikki you mean

218 days ago


TMZ the carnival they are speaking of is in Trinidad and Tobago..Rihanna goes to her homeland carnival called cropover in Barbados...they have a much smaller shorter version...she doesnt come to Trini carnival..just c learing that up!!!

218 days ago


Rihanna's NOT from Trinidad and Tobago. Come on TMZ...
Probably the ENTIRE country of Trinidad and Tobago is SHAKING their collective heads at that statement.

218 days ago


Look Trini get over yourselves. Crop over is smaller in numbers but the paste is faster n to make it worst we drink harder. We go carnival every year and survive. Stop being so thin skinned

218 days ago


Hahah Rhianna? Dont make me laugh. This is Trini carnival. Been to Barbados cropover its nothing like our carnival...good to have yall though

218 days ago
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