Carnival Downtown 1938
Carnival of yesteryear had two very distinct sides to it. The downtown Carnival, also known as Jamette Carnival and that of the white elites at the Queens Park Savannah, called Pretty Mas. This photo from 1938 shows Jamette Mas in full swing on Frederick St. The downtown bands were different in character from the Pretty Mas of the whites , in that it was coloured with good kaiso and wild abandon (for the time) whereas the backra carnival was more staid and formal.
(Courtesy the Virtual Museum of T&T)
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