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The London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprise Trust (LNHCET) has put forward recommendations that could possibly see the end of "DUTTY MAS" on Carnival Sunday. "Dutty Mas" has been part of Notting Hill Carnival for over 20 Years!!
The reason given for this decision is that "Dutty Mas" is impinging on "Children’s Mas Bands" and that the Sunday has historically been for the kids.
"Dutty Mas" comes from J’ouvert, which traditionally signals the start of the Carnival celebrations in the Caribbean. J’ouvert, pronounced joo-vay is perhaps one of the last modern Carnival festivities that most reflects the historical origins of Carnival.
This is not the modern "Pretty Mas" of the costumes that command the cameras on Carnival Monday. Instead, participants cover themselves in chocolate, paint, powder, mud, oil etc. and they celebrate whilst dancing through the streets to the infectious sounds of calypso (Caribbean music).
The energy of the participants taking to the streets is irresistible and is as much a part of Carnival as "Pretty Mas" bands in costumes on Carnival Monday.
"Dutty Mas" and Children’s bands have been out on the Sunday for years without any major issues and in fact, a few of the Dutty Mas bands are family bands with 3 generations of families taking part. We believe that any concerns could be addressed without taking away this integral part of the Carnival parade!
The "Dutty Mas" bands are willing to sit and discuss changes that could be made to ensure that Children’s Carnival continues to grow and develop but instead, LNHCET has made recommendations to stop "Dutty Mas".
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