Traditional Mas

J'ouvert

Fancy Mas

Monday Night Mas

Traditional Mas’

The Carnival devils disappear with the rising of the sun, making way for the Traditional and Fancy Mas bands in the Monday parade or Pageant.

Each parish has its own brand of traditional mas usually represented by Short Knees, Vekou and Wild Indians.

With Arab-like head coverings, jumbo collars, batwing sleeves and three-quarter (short knee) baggy trousers, the Short knee Bands are now the most prevalent of the traditional masqueraders. Almost identical in appearance, they dance through the roads from their respective villages, into the town of St. George’s, passionately chanting, boxing the air and scattering baby powder with abandon.

J’ouvert

Many revellers begin their Carnival marathon at the Dimarche Gras Show and continue straight into the J’Ouvert celebrations, where in the early hours of Monday morning,

“…the traditional Jab-Jab or Devil Mas bands emerge from the darkness of the night to parade freely through the town.”
Blackened with stale molasses, tar, grease, creosote or mud, and wearing little more than their horned helmets, these masqueraders in previous times set out to terrify onlookers with their grotesque appearance and repulsive dances.

In modern times, the traditional Jab-Molassi have mutated into other creatures of colour, with Blue, Yellow and Green Devils joining in the early morning parade. These colourful devils are much more playful in character, wanting only to dab a bit of their body paint onto unsuspecting bystanders, as they dance through the streets to the rhythms of the accompanying drums, steel bands and calypsos from huge DJ trucks.

Fancy Mas’

Also known as Pretty Mas’, which is a parade of male and female masqueraders of all ages dressed in beautifully designed costumes by local and foreign designers and they’re accompanied by Traditional Mas players such as Short Knee, Wild Indians, Viecorps (as we say ‘VEHCO’) and much more.

On the Monday Masqueraders competing in the Fancy Mas competition, parade in their costumes or traditional wear, from Melville Street to the National Stadium, making their way across the stage, whilst being cheered on by spectators and evaluated by the judges.

Monday Night Mas’

A parade of lights, held on Carnival Monday Night where spectators gather on the streets of St. George’s waiting to be entertained by thousands of masqueraders enjoying themselves whilst chipping down the streets to some of the local Soca music, in their neon and brightly colored garments and lighting instruments