January 1, 1999 |
It's a brisk autumn night, but The Pelican is red hot. Salsa, soca, calypso and reggae fill the air, energizing a diverse crowd of locals and visitors. "They say we are the rainbow country," says a smiling Opal Douglass, who has come to "lime"--the ubiquitous "Trini" verb meaning "to hang out." She's with her friends Ron, who is of African descent, Terence, whose roots are in India, and others. "I myself am so mixed I can only say I'm Trinidadian!"