Bands are what make the Trinidad Carnival so special. Most people refer to the bands as Mas Bands, which is short for Masquerader Bands. Each band has its own theme and colors for the Carnival. Anybody can join a band but you must decide which band that you wish to join early since the popular bands tend to sellout their spots quite quickly. If you are lucky to get in a band, then you will be able to choose your costume and the band will provide food and drinks during the Carnival.
Carnival bands are organized into groups of participants, often known as sections. Each band is led by a King and Queen, who wear extremely large costumes that often require wheels and extensions. Every year, on Carnival Sunday, a competition is held to determine the King and Queen of Carnival.
Many band leaders and costume designers begin working on their band’s costume several months before the Carnival to showcase their costumes. Many bands will hold a launch party to show off their costumes several months in advance.
Playing Mas with A Band
If you want to play with a specific band during the Trinidad Carnival, then you are playing Mas. If you plan to play mas, make sure to book early. If you are planning on playing Mas, then you need to decide quickly on which band you will be playing with. You should choose a band at least 6 months in advance since the popular bands fill up very quickly. Costumes for many of the popular bands are also quite expensive.
Popular Trinidad Carnival Bands
Some popular Carnival bands include: