According to Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool, PhD, the Pierrot Grenade is a form of mas that combines the French Pierrot and the Yoruba Egungun. From French Pierrot (before 1838), to Pays Roi (1838 – 1880s) and finally the Pierrot Grenade in the 1880s-1890s. The Pierrot, dressed in a long elaborate suit of satin strips with a head covering, often bells on the ends and a whip represented the King of Dahomey (or Country King in some instances). He inflicted a tongue lashing on adversaries and when two Pierrots met a fight would ensue with whips and an entourage armed with bottles and stones backing each one. Similar to the Midnight Robber, the Pierrot Grenade of today will strip your dignity with words not with lashes.
Pierrot at Canboulay 2010, Picadilly Greens, East Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, WI
Children portraying Pierrot Grenade, Downtown Children’s Carnival, 2009, Queens Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad