Carnival Costumes

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Plus Size Carnival Costumes

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The discussion of plus-size carnival costumes has always been difficult for me, not because I don’t love supporting my curvy / thin / plush masqueraders. I am simply tired of the stigma/misconception about plus-size costumes.

Over the years, we have had many band launches offering “curvy” options specifically to cater to our thick queens.  Although I think this is amazing, I have been left feeling that we may unintentionally restrict their expression. This gives the impression (for those who do not know better) that the bodies of women in plus sizes should be covered as if they were not as beautiful as those of smaller sizes.

I was on TikTok one day, and a follower dared to ask me to tag her when I posted the carnival costumes for “leaner” women.  As if a size 0 wouldn’t dare choose a costume with more coverage.

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This curvy beauty looks so pretty in this frontline costume. Photo credit: GenX Carnival

I was naturally irritated, but took the opportunity to stress that even “maga” girls will wear full coverage, just like a woman with a double-digit size will rock the hell out of a frontline costume and look stunning.

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Another curvy beauty in a frontline costume. Photo Credit: Karma Carnival

Plus size carnival costumes are essentially full coverage.

A frontline costume is commensurate with price and is all about how elaborate it is and not about who should wear it. Many plus-size (and not plus-size) women look to full coverage carnival costumes because they feel they would look their best with it. Some genuinely don’t care for showing that much skin. In this body-positive experience, I would like to see our language about costumes shift from focusing on size to focusing on comfort level. 

If you are plus size and want to wear a frontline costume, WEAR IT.  If you don’t see your size offered, you can contact the band directly.  Most can and will accommodate you.

So, where can you get a full coverage costume? Damn near ANY band.  For a list of costume bands, click here.

But while we are at it, I’ll take a minute to nod to some of my favorite bands/designers with incredible plus-size carnival costumes. Or full coverage costumes, if you will. This is not in any particular order, and for the sake of brevity, I did not mention everyone on my favorites list.

Plus Size Carnival Costumes (Full Coverage)

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Unity Mas Band

I got to jump with the Unity Mas band at Caribmask 2019.  The fabrics were intentionally chosen by the band leader, because it allowed people of any size to wear costumes with compression and stretch! The great thing about Unity Mas band is they launch for an entire year, allowing you to take your costume with them to play in different locations in the US at a reduced fee.  Be sure to check them out here.

Entice Mas is a brand new band that launched for the Atlanta Dekalb carnival 2022 with some beautiful full coverage carnival costumes.  

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Mirage Mas

Mirage Mas is a band out of California but is also a traveling section.  They have had sections in Miami Carnival and Atlanta Dekalb Carnival.  Be sure to check them if you are looking to go to Caribana this year!  I appreciate Mirage Mas, because plus-size models are seen as much as smaller models (if not more).  Mirage mas has been consistent over the years showing that curvy girls can also be adorned in jewels and lots of feathers. And so,  Be sure to check them out here. Mirage Mas works closely with Makkan Designs, so check out the other bands he designs for.

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Alejandro's full coverage designs are full of details!

Every time Alejandro puts out a full coverage costume, I know it’s going to be a banger.  What I love about his work is that he puts as much details into a full coverage carnival costume as a frontline!

Shift your thinking about plus size carnival costumes.

In conclusion, full coverage costumes are for everyone, just like anyone can wear front line costumes.  Another thing I want others to understand is that just because you want to wear something with more coverage does not mean you don’t get to wear big beautiful feathers too! You can wear a full coverage costume and ask for frontline feathers.  It’s important to communicate with the bands.  

I hope this discussion steers your search.  If you are a plus-size masquerader, just know you can wear whatever you want! It’s all about your comfort level is.

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Costume Bands

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Want to participate in a future carnival, but don’t know how to get a costume? This page is definitely for you! Below is a list of Caribbean carnival events in the United States and abroad, along with participating bands that provide carnival costumes.

Updated: 30 December, 2021

US Caribbean Carnival Events

Atlanta Carnival (Downtown) – Georgia

  • Calabash Alley
  • Vivacious Mas Band
  • Taste of Elegance
  • Mystikal
  • Chinapooo
  • Haus of V
  • Majestic Mas

Atlantic City Caribbean Carnival – New Jersey

Brooklyn – West Indian Day Parade – New York

  • Stronjeh International
  • Freaks Mas
  • Sesame Flyers (Sesame Carnival)
  • Ramajay Mas
  • Boom Mas
  • Maestro Mas
  • DLegacy Desings

Charlotte Caribbean Carnival – North Carolina 

  • KariKolorzMas

Chicago Caribbean Carnival

  • Chi-Town Regulators
  • Dynasty International
  • Team Jamaica Mas Band
  • Team Juke Box
  • Team B.A.D.
  • Team Haiti
  • Reynaldo and Friends
  • Queens in Motion
  • Wicked Legends Mas Band

Dallas – Dallas Caribbean Festival – Texas

Houston – Houston Caribbean Festival – Texas

  • Mas N’ Motion
  • Vogue Mas

Raleigh – Caribmask – North Carolina

  • Unity Mas Band
  • Flamboyant Feathers
  • Ultra Mas

Las Vegas Caribbean Festival – Nevada

Los Angeles – Hollywood Carnival – California

  • Mirage Mas
  • Winery Mas
  • Extacy Mas
  • Vogue Mas
  • Bamboo Mas
  • Utopia Mas
  • Sistas Wit Style
  • Inde Junction Mas

Miami Broward Carnival – Florida

  • Wassi Ones
  • Freaks Mas
  • Mascots International 
  • GenX
  • Euphoria Mas
  • Revel Nation
  • One Island Mas Band
  • Ramajay Mas
  • Dingolay Mas
  • DJunction Mas
  • Savage Mas
  • Ti Chapo
  • K-Paya
 

New Orleans Caribbean Festival – Louisiana

  • Amethyst 7
  • Unity Mas Band

Orlando – All Star Weekend – Florida

 

Orlando – Downtown Orlando Carnival – Florida

Worchester Caribbean American Carnival – Massachusetts

  • Mas N’ Motion

Caribbean Carnival Events Abroad

Antigua Carnival

  • Insane Carnival
  • Myst Carnival
Anguilla Carnival

Aruba Carnival

Bahamas Carnival (Junkanoo)

  • Experience Nyrvana
  • Enigma Carnival

Berlin Carnival

Bermuda Carnival

  • Nova Mas
  • Party Room Squad
  • Code Red

Caribana – Toronto

Cayman Batabano – Cayman Islands

Caymas – Cayman Islands

  • Swanky International
  • Chicken Run International
  • Kalabbra
  • Azucar
  • Fantasy Mas
  • Fete for a Cause

Dominica Carnival

  • Amnesia
  • Hysteria

Cropover- Barbados

  • Krave the Band
  • Zulu International
  • Baje Intrnational
  • Xosa
  • Aura
  • Erup the Band

Guyana Carnival

Jamaica Carnival

Manchester Carnival – UK

Notting Hill Carnival – UK

  • ABRIR the Colours of Life
  • Arawak
  • Bacchanalia Mas Band
  • Burrokets
  • The Bride “Outreach”
  • Calabash Carnival Club
  • Candy Mas
  • Caribbean Sessions Mas
  • Children and Parents Carnival Association
  • Chocolate Nation Mas
  • The Clement James Carnival Band
  • Cocoyea
  • Colours Carnival
  • Desirable Designz Projects
  • Dragons
  • D Riddim Tibe
  • Dynamic Mas
  • Ebony Mas
  • Elevate Cultural Arts
  • Elimu Paddington Arts Mas Band
  • Elite Mas
  • Exotic Mas
  • Flagz Mas Band
  • Flamboyal Carnival Arts
  • Flamingo
  • Funatik Mas
  • Gemz Mas Intrnational
  • Genesis
  • Glorious Backstage Arts
  • Heritage Social Arts & Dance Group
  • Hotwax
  • Ignite De Feterz Mas
  • Inspiration Arts & Tringbago Carnival Club
  • Invaders Mas
  • Island Mas
  • Jamaican Twist
  • Jamboulay Carnival Arts
  • Karnival Mania
  • Lagniappe
  • La Trinity Carnival Club
  • Mohogany Carnival Club
  • Majestic Grenada Short 
  • MaKign Carnival
  • Mangrove
  • Mas Africa
  • Mas Dominik UK Carnival Band
  • Omina Carnival
  • People of Paradise
  • People’s World
  • Pure Lime
  • Rumshop Raw Licquer
  • Smokey Joe Roadsho
  • Soca Massive Fancy Sailors UK
  • Soca Saga Boys
  • South Connections
  • Sunshine International Arts
  • Tears Mas
  • Tempo Mas
  • Tropical Dusion Mas
  • Tropical Isles
  • Tropical Mas
  • TTMudders
  • United Colours of Mas (UCOM)
  • Urban Touch
  • Utopia Mas
  • Vibrance
  • Vincy Alliance Mas
  • Vybz Mas
  • Xtreme St. Lucia UK
Rotterdam Carnival

Saint Lucia Carnival

  • Xuvo
  • Legends Carnival
  • Just 4 Fun
  • Fuzion Mas

St. Marteen Carnival

St. Vincent Carnival

  • Oxygen Mas

SpiceMas- Grenada Carnival

  • Oro Luxury Carnival
  • Bachique Carnival
  • Golden Mas
  • Maestro Mas

Sugar Mas – Saint Kitts

  • Ultra Carnival
  • Luxe Carnival

Trinidad Carnival (Trinidad and Tobago)

  • Tribe
  • Bliss
  • Harts
  • Lost Tribe – read my review here
  • Yuma
  • Paparazzi
  • Ronnie and Caro
  • Entice Carnival
  • Rogue
  • Utopia Mas
  • Passion Carnival
  • Legacy Crnival
  • Island People
  • Fantasy Carnival
  • Amazon Carnival

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Atlanta-Dekalb Carnival Costumes

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Miami carnival has come and gone, and people are feverishly looking for the next carnival in the United States. Officially, Atlanta and Atlanta Dekalb carnival is our next stop, May 28, 2022. If you are wondering what’s up with two carnivals in Atlanta, click here. If you have never been to Atlanta-Dekalb carnival, you may be confused about how to get registered for a carnival costume (package). 

Why do I say costume package?  Because you are not getting just a costume, but an entire experience.  Click this sentence to learn more.

Below is a list of carnival bands offering carnival costumes. For more information about Atlanta-Dekalb Carnival, be sure to check out the bandleader’s association here.

Atlanta-Dekalb Carnival Bands

This information comes directly from the Atlanta Carnival Bandleader’s Council (ACBC).

The bands are listed in order of launch date.  Some hyperlinks are broken as the bands are still constructing their websites.

I started playing mas in Altanta!

For that reason, Atlanta-Dekalb carnival holds a very special place in my heart. I have been playing mas since 2015 and make it a point to go back to where it all started for me.

Information about J’ouvert and other events have not been listed yet, but I will post once information has been received.  So stay tuned!

See you on the road,

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