Our masquerades came from different nationalities/tribes/ethnic groups.
Utilising our spiritual ingenuity we merge, fused and melded our several traditions creating a spiritual gateway that would allow for spiritual energies that would rejuvenate our spirits in an alien environment.
Our boundaries were now in entities called bands, which all protected their territories very enthusiastically both in word and action.
On our continental homeland the masquerades had peculiar identities, speech communication patterns and dance forms and patterns.
Many of these were rearranged to suit the “new” environment.
The concepts of renewal and fertility clung to our masquerade institutions that were re-birthed.
Our of this quest for saving our cultures was birthed a multi-million dollar pageantry/street parade/street festival/industry, that to the current has not been effectively organized, and managed to serve the interests of the masses of citizens of this Nation.
The planter class though afraid of the latent potency of this festival have “tolerated and promoted” it as it generates large fortunes for them.They are the hoteliers, food, beverage and services owners/providers in the majority.
Steelbands men/players ,traditional mas performers have been all made to feel like beggars in this gigantic multi million dollar spin off of our original cultures.
As we draw closer to concluding this presentation we pray that those who have read this article would find ways of assisting in the progressive re -organizing of our Carnival festival such that the primary in-putters of this festival can financially benefit from the gross income of this massive festival