folklore come to life: A model wears a costume for the section Anansi from the Lost Tribe’s 2020

presentation, Anansi. The band will be making a guest appearance at the multiband launch in

November. —Photo: THE LOST TRIBE

While the large Carnival mas bands, especially the all-inclusive ones, seem to be thriving, hosting elaborate launches and attracting premium corporate sponsors, the small and medium bands don’t fare as well.

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Bands Association (TTCBA) Rosalind Gabriel, who founded the most successful children’s Carnival mas band, said the small and medium bands struggle to survive and stay alive from one year to another. She said these bands don’t have the resources to properly market themselves, and they also find it difficult to secure major corporate support.

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