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 real masqueraders will truly take on the character of their costume and engage in entertaining the spectator. Each year the NHC mas bands will depict a new theme. All Mas Bands on the parade route will make their way to the judging point (see route map) to be judged by NHC appointed judges. All official Mas Band winners are announced on social media after Carnival.