Emancipation was given to slaves in the British West Indies on the 1st of August 1838, after 450 years of Slavery. In Trinidad a colony with strong French, Spanish and Roman Catholic influences the news of this freedom was greeted by the Afro-Caribbean slaves with Cannes Brulees processions throughout the country. “After Emancipation the negroes began to represent this scene as a kind of commemoration in their condition and the procession of the ‘cannes brulees’ used to take place on the night o the 1st of August, the date of their emancipation...”
 Hill Errol. The Trinidad Carnival. Pg23
A snippet of my dissertation.