By L.K. Hewlett
St. Kitts Reporter
Inferno Mas Troupe 2007-2008 was launched on Tuesday with an impressive array of costumes that are sure to entice revellers to play mas at carnival.
The band was the first of the carnival troupes to showcase their costumes this season, a feat they accomplished in grand style.
The stage was set at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort Ballroom and four different sets of colourful costumes were displayed under the theme Celebration – The People Who Came.
The costumes depicted different aspects of Kittitian ancestry and heritage while honouring the many cultures that blended to make our citizens unique.
The Liamiguans section represented the Carib influence with feathery and straw plumes, sequined bodices, and other creative adornments with a gold and orange colour scheme.
The C´est La Vie section is comprised of an infusion of purple and fuchsia with eye catching ruffles and arm pieces. This section represented the French part of our ancestry while Lords and Ladies had a decidedly British overtone. This section consisted of a white two-piece outfit with blue-green trimmings and matching safari hat for the men and a blue beaded ensemble with an abundance of feathers in the headpiece for the women.
The Igbo Warriors section depicts the African influence with a multitude of contrasting greens and well-placed gold sequins in the bodices as well as in the headpiece.
The Vivace Dance Group kept the energy level high with their usual expressive and Afro centric dance numbers between costume introductions.
Troupe member Unoma Allen said the outfits were available in all sizes to suit the tastes of everyone, both male and female. She explained that although the costumes were modelled with bikini bottoms and bra tops, they were available with boy shorts, bike shorts, and Tankinis for the more conservative taste.
Allen added that for a fee of EC$300, interested persons could secure their costume package and join in the fun and revelry at carnival in December.