National Geographic : 1994 Mar
evening. Fans visit pan yards regularly to follow the progress of their favorites-the Merrytones, perhaps, or Renegades. Parties, called fetes, become increasingly fre quent. Partygoers shed inhibitions to roll bellies and backsides while hit songs play at body slamming volume. Bleary-eyed by dawn, they stumble home through empty streets. In a final crush on the last day of Carnival, rev elers play mas, or mas querade, until midnight, the start of Lent. "If they applied that energy to business, they could do a lot more than they do," notes an observer, "but then it wouldn't be Trinidad."