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Sangre Grande
Sangre Grande.PNG
Corporation Sangre Grande Regional Corporation
Country Trinidad and Tobago
Time zone AST (UTC−4)
Area code(s) 668, 691

Sangre Grande is the largest town in northeastern Trinidad, in Trinidad and Tobago. It is east of Arima and southwest of Toco. Sangre Grande (pronounced, in the local English dialect, "Sandy Grandy" and sometimes "SangGrandy") is sometimes abbreviated to just "Grande". It is the seat of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation. The town falls into the Toco/Sangre constituency of the Elections and Boundaries Commission. The Member of Parliament for the Toco/Sangre Grande constituency and by extension of Sangre Grande itself is Rupert Griffith.


The name Sangre Grande means "big blood", and it has been suggested that the town was named for a battle that took place between the native Amerindians and the Spanish settlers. However, this interpretation is not supported by historical records. The true origin of the name refers to when, in the late 1770s, Spanish surveyors who were charting the island for the purposes of creating a map, found that the waters of two of the tributaries of the nearby Oropouche River were red as blood, hence the name.

Similarly, the neighbouring town is called Sangre Chiquito ("small blood") is named for the presence of a smaller, similarly colored river in that town. Sangre Grande grew as a result of the growth of cacao cultivation in the late nineteenth century. It grew further when it became the terminus of the railroad. Construction of the railroad caused the town to migrate down the hill to meet the railroad. When the town relocated to the foot of the hill, the name Sangre Grande moved with it. As a result, the name of the pre-existing village, Cunapo, was largely, but not entirely, lost.


Sangre Grande is more developed than its surrounding areas. Many residents from surrounding areas depend on Sangre Grande for Government facilities as well as for shopping. Many residents in surrounding villages also come to Sangre Grande as a means of getting transportation to larger towns for example Arima and Port of Spain.


Sangre Grande has both a Government hospital (located on Ojoe Road) and a Government Health Clinic.


There are many roads that lead in and out of Sangre Grande. The Eastern Main Road is the most important road leading into Sangre Grande as the Churchill Roosevelt Highway ends in Wallerfield. The Eastern Main Road connects Sangre Grande to the east to Sangre Chiquito and Manzanilla and to the west to Arima and Port of Spain. The second major road in Toco Road connects Sangre Grande to villages in the northeast, for example Toco and Matelot.


The railways in Trinidad closed in the late 20th century, but many traces of the railroad's passage through Sangre Grande still exist. The current Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) terminal was formerly the train station. Additionally, tracks leading into Sangre Grande have been converted into roads, although it still bears the name of Railway Road. However, with growing road traffic congestion on the nation's roads, there are plans in to introduce a rapid rail whose first stage of development will stretch from Sangre Grande to Port of Spain.


Buses still ply the routes in and out of Sangre Grande. The bus terminus in the heart of Sangre Grande was recently upgraded.

Maxi taxi[edit]

Maxi taxis as well as traditional taxis service Sangre Grande. The Maxi taxis were first situated in the vicinity of the PTSC bus terminus, however the busyness of this location combined with the growing number of Maxi taxis had exascerbated traffic problems in the area and the old PTSC service station and washing bay on Brierly Street was converted to a maxi taxi hub instead. Here, Maxi taxis heading to both Arima and Port of Spain can be found.


Taxis heading to Port of Spain and Arima can still be found around the bus terminus, while those heading to Mayaro, Manzanilla, Toco, to name a few, are found in other areas of the town.


As in the rest of the country, Sangre Grande is home to primary and secondary schools which fall into three categories: Government-run, Government-assisted and private. However, while private primary schools exist in other parts of the country, there are none in Sangre Grande.

Primary schools[edit]

Government-run primary schools:

  • Sangre Grande Government
  • Guaico Government Primary School

Government-assisted primary schools:

  • Cunapo (St. Francis) R.C. School
  • Sangre Grande Hindu School
  • Sangre Grande Seventh Day Adventist Primary School
  • Upper Sangre Grande R.C. School
  • Guaico Presbyterian Primary
  • SWAHA Primary School

Secondary schools[edit]

Government-run secondary schools:

Private secondary schools:

  • Sangre Grande Educational Institute
  • Bates Memorial High School
  • SWAHA Hindu College

Famous Sangre Grande personalities[edit]

  • Alexia Charlerie: Miss Trinidad and Tobago representative (2001)
  • Alisa Mohammed: cricketer
  • Anisa Mohammed: cricketer
  • Brother Marvin: calypsonian
  • Kenneth Salick: chutney soca star and Chutney Soca Monarch
  • Nisha B: chutney soca star, Chutney Soca Monarch finalist
  • Ravi B: chutney soca star, Chutney Soca Monarch
  • Scrunter: calypsonian, soca parang artist
  • Stinger: calysonian
  • Pink Panther: calpysonian turned politician
  • Yannick Cariah: cricketer
  • Wendell Etienne: entertainer, actor


Sangre Grande is home to many sports teams that take part in national competition such as the North East Stars football team and the Sangre Grande All Stars basketball team , Team Elite Karate.

Steel orchestras[edit]

Sangre Grande is also home to the Sangre Grande Cordettes which has been a mainstay panside in the area for many years. The band often makes the national finals of the Panorama competition, where it currently competes in the medium band category. The band's music used to be arranged by one of the most famous pan arrangers in Trinidad, Jit Samaroo. For the past few years, the band has had a new secret weapon, choosing the wildcard arranger from Denmark, Anders Kappel to carry it forward into the panorama competition.

Other bands exist in the area, including the Tamana Pioneers (small band category). Several schoolbands in the area also participate in the school panorama competition every year.

See also[edit]


Coordinates: 10°34′00″N 61°08′00″W / 10.56667°N 61.13333°W / 10.56667; -61.13333

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Nada es igual.

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Food for Life in Sangre Grande.

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Last fight from Sangre Grande Hindu School. (Play fight nothing serious)

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80 news items

Trinidad & Tobago Express
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:30:00 -0700

Hundreds of citizens last night suffered a loss of electricity in the areas of East Port of Spain, Maraval, Westmoorings, Waterloo and Sangre Grande. The power outage began at 6 p.m.. According to Annabelle Brasnell, Communications Manager at the ...
Trinidad News
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:56:00 -0700

Roger also spoke about the Christmas Village where the Sangre Grande Community Development Foundation in conjunction with the villages from Matelot to Matura will be hosting “Salybia Christmas Village” for a six-week period, to capture the things ...

Trinidad Guardian

Trinidad Guardian
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:41:06 -0700

“It's already difficult for Trinidadians to comprehend an amber arrow light alongside the normal three-colour traffic lights. I have to see how this works before I could have an input,” said Chaguanas resident Shenice Williams. Ashley Donald, of Sangre ...
Trinidad News
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:22:30 -0700

Former National Calypso Monarch Eric Taylor, otherwise known as the Pink Panther, is again offering to be screened as a People's National Movement (PNM) candidate for the Toco/Sangre Grande seat, ahead of next year's general election. “My life is based ...
Trinidad News
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:04:51 -0700

Longtime residents of Caigual, a rural area in east Trinidad will meet today to celebrate the community's achievements over the years. The decision to host the day-long event was taken following the death of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP ...
Trinidad & Tobago Express
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:37:30 -0700

Significantly, the Dr James Armstrong report into the construction of the Debe to Mon Desir section of the Highway has warned that quarrying in parts of the Northern Range and Sangre Grande for aggregate to fill the swamp along the controversial ...
Trinidad News
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:18:45 -0700

Police were gifted an early goal but needed a stoppage time Elijah Belgrave goal in their quarter-final clash to overcome a gutsy Rangers 2-1 before Sangre Grande based-North East Stars topped Caledonia 4-1 on kicks from the penalty spot following a ...
Trinidad & Tobago Express
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:18:45 -0700

Akshay Khandoo, of Sangre Grande, placed second and got $10,000. His portrayal was that of Lord Shiva. Abhijit Anchortasso, also of Clarke Road, Penal, placed third with a rendition of a traditional Indian classical song which earned him $7,500.

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