• Junior Queen and band section members at the West Indian Independence Day Parade.

  • Junior Queen costumes at the Taste of the Caribbean Festival.

  • Master costume maker Keimani “Q” Delpeche poses with a Junior Queen costume.

  • Teens from our “Exotic Ones” mas band perform at the Taste of the Caribbean Festival.

Coming Soon: Mas: Carnival Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community

Opens August 20th, 2019

The Mas: Carnival Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community exhibit showcases Trinidad-style carnival costumes (Mas) made by Hartford teens during the summer 2019 Mas Camp, the ninth year of a collaboration between the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CCHAP) and the Connecticut International Cultural Carnival Association (CICCA) under the direction of Linford “Junior” Miller. The colorful and elaborate costumes on display are similar to those worn in West Indian celebrations around the world, and will be presented by the teens at Hartford’s Taste of the Caribbean Festival and the West Indian Parade this summer.

The exhibit features costumes from teen participants, who will spend six weeks learning how to design and make the costumes under the guidance of master costume maker Keimani “Q” Delpeche. Each teen designed and built a complete costume, including headpiece, arm and foot bands, girdles, collars, backpacks, and all frames and attachments needed for wearing the elaborate structures.


With support from:

Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee


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