THE younger generation once again brought out the colour and creativity often feared lost from the art of mas, when they took to downtown Port of Spain yesterday for the Kiddies Carnival parade.
Hundreds of children of all ages took to the streets to demonstrate their skills at showcasing the costumes that the "Greatest Show on Earth" is famous for, chipping and dancing to the soca of today and yesteryear.
As they eventually made their way to the Queen's Park Savannah, hundreds of spectators, young and old, clapped along the route, the more dedicated ones following the bands all the way.
Older kids and toddlers showed their awareness of local culture as they sang along to the various artistes' songs blaring out of the trucks.
There was no vulgarity here as the children pranced, skipped and jumped to the beats.
One official along the route said while figures were not yet available, it appeared that more children played mas this year than in 2011.
The costumes ran the gamut from representations of animals, local folklore and various mythology to more abstract subjects, such as music, in the case of large band Carnival Babies' Enchanting Music section.
That band also dedicated the section Jammin to the Beat to late mas veteran Wayne Berkeley.
At the Savannah, families set up camp to enjoy a day of fun and the vendors were out early with a wide buffet—whether one had a taste for doubles, roti, gyros, buffalo chicken wings, pholourie, hamburgers or even some type of chow.
Some, however, felt the prices were a bit high and several people said the cost of a family outing was close to double that of a similar lime last year.
"I guess people have to make their living," one father of three said, referring to the vendors.
"But things real pricey now. I done spend $300 on food and soft drinks and juice. Now the kids want ice cream and they will want a snack before they leave. I prepared to spend that for my family but what about those who would like to be here but can't afford it. It's getting real expensive to enjoy a normal lime and take in the culture a little bit."