Our Firsts

…FIRST to be labeled ‘The Fun Band’ back in the 1960s by the media.
…FIRST to forgo winning a Carnival title or prize in preference to our masqueraders enjoying 100% fete on the road.
…FIRST to introduce amplified steelband music on trucks for the two days of Carnival. We were also among the FIRST to use a rhythm section and a tassa side.
…FIRST to have a female mas designer…Lil Hart. Her attention to costume detail and mix of colours remain hallmarks of HARTS designs today.
…FIRST with drinks on the move. What started as a grocery cart is a far cry from the current carts with showers, cell phones and champagne.
…FIRST to encourage DJs on the road instead of live music bands. Luis and Gerald, as Purple Haze, helped put DJ music as ‘par for the course’ into Trinidad Carnival.
…FIRST to use bikinis and beads as the base for a woman’s costume. What began as an experiment with one section is now the norm for Carnival.
…FIRST to introduce organized security in a Carnival band. It was a bold but necessary step…at least that’s how we saw it…and this too is part of every band today.
…FIRST to develop an internet website with online registration: hartscarnival.com
…FIRST to put together a linked up music system on the trucks so that each masquerader hears the same sweet song at the same time.

Our History

history01HartsCarnival first began in 1961 with Edmond and Lil Hart and their Carnival presentation “”Was this Greece””. For the next 30 years Edmond and Lil continued to successfully produce Carnival bands. Edmond was famous for patterns, Lil for designing, and production was a family affair. It was during these years that Lil became known as “”The First Lady of Mas””, since a bandleader was traditionally a position held by men.

Confusion reigned when Lil broke tradition and designed a band with a fantasy theme rather than a historical one which was common.

The Harts with the help of their children continued to produce bands until October 1990 when Lil passed away leaving three of her six children the dream of continuing the Harts Carnival band.

history02In 1991 Thais, Luis and Gerald successfully designed and produced their band, Total Recall, in memory of Lil and to this day each Harts Carnival Band produced for Trinidad is dedicated to Lil… in her memory, in her honour, with her dreams. The Band has continued to design and produce costumes at the highest standard and quality which has led them to become one of the largest, safest and most popular bands in the Caribbean. No other Band can compete with the Harts 54 years of experience.