Visual Culture: Ten Traditional Mas Characters You’ll Find At Trinidad Carnival

February 8, 2016


Another brightly dressed masquerade, the Pierrot Grenade is thought to have been brought over from Grenada. Clad in frilly costumes made of strips of differently-colored cloth or maybe a rich silver with trimmings, this mas brings to mind the schoolmasters of the old colonial Caribbean and African griots. The Pierrot uses long educated yet convoluted speech and creates rhymes and stories to spell a word. It is also said that Pierrots spoke to relay information of what was happening in other small islands.