A Caribbean tradition, along with steelbands, Mas Bands are the heartbeat of the NHC parade. Look out for the traditional handmade costumes which are the jewel in the crown of the art of Mas. Mas is short for Masquerade, and traditionally masqueraders will truly take on the character of their costume and engage in entertaining the spectators. In recent years the popularity of Brazilian style costumes has grown. Each year over 70 NHC mas bands will depict their own chosen theme. All Mas Bands on the parade route will make their way to the judging point. They are judged for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in various categories including ‘Best Mas Band’ and ‘Best Children’s Band’. All official Mas Band winners are announced on social media after Carnival. Did you know you can wear a costume with a mas band? We will be listing all details for NHC 2019 bands in April. Watch this space!