• The "Blue Masqueraders" section of the Exotic One's march in the parade, 2019

  • smiling young women in pink and yellow feathers

    The "Bacchanal Queens" section of the Exotic One's march in the parade, 2019

  • smiling woman in bright orange feathered costume

    The section leader from the "Carnival Chaos" section of the Exotic One's poses during the parade, 2019

  • young woman in large yellow and blue feathered headdress does the splits on the road during the parade

  • 2 teenagers holding a large banner between them with a triangle logo reading

    The banner carriers for the Exotic One's display this year's theme: Soca Kingdom

Mas: Carnival Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community

Aug 20, 2019 - Oct 12, 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 spent six weeks learning how to design and make the costumes under the guidance of master costume maker Keimani “Q” Delpeche. The exhibit shows how the dance and music of Carnival intersects with these elaborate and colorful Mas.

Learn more about Mas Camp here.

 

With support from:

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

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