Carnival in the Caribbean is is often called “Mas” -short for Masquerade. A blurb from the Virtual Dominica site advertises that “Dominica’s Carnival, held at the traditional pre-lenten time, is a feast of calypso, shows and two exciting days of street jump-up. Carnival is formally opened about a month before the two final days of jump-up.”
Although the 2013 Carnival will be begin until February, you may view a short YouTube video of last year’s 2012 Carnival Parade. Note in the video and photos that costumes reflect the Amerindian influence through the use of feathers, headbands, shell necklaces, and other artifacts historically used by Amerindians. On other Caribbean islands the costumes reflect that particular island’s cultural history.