"Masquerade" Bands

The Origins of Mas

Mas Bands create and provide the costumes for NHC. Each registered band has a new theme annually, and the general public are welcome to purchase a costume and join a band to ‘play mas’ on the parade route at Carnival. Each mas band is assessed by official judges at the judging point (south on Great Western Road) across both days. The winning mas bands are announced on social media.