The youth are a large part of continuing the mas legacy. Thousands of children participate in carnival through private and government sponsored parades and competitions from at least 5 weekends before carnival. Carnival is also a part of the national school curriculum. Many of the young people participating in the Junior Calypso Monarch and Junior Soca Monarch competitions get help with writing and preparation from dedicated teachers. On the Friday before carnival most schools have a “jump up” complete with DJ, costumes, “ole mas” and “pretty mas”, calypso and queen/king competitions. Carnival is a multi-generational thing.

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