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A Peek Inside The Elaborate Preparations For J'Ouvert 2018

Mas band leader (and Brooklyn J'Ouvert legend) Roy Pierre explains his nautical "All Hands On Deck" theme for 2018.


Despers, one of the best-known steel bands in Brooklyn's West Indian community, practices in its cramped industrial space in Crown Heights.


This year, Mas band Carenage has opted to blend traditional Caribbean styles with the 'Black Panther'-inspired theme of Wakanda.



Dawn Nedd plays shaker at an evening Kutters Rhythm Section practice last Thursday in East Flatbush.


Carenage Mas Camp on Rogers Avenue in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.


Kendall Julien of Republic of John John Mas stands wearing a Panama hat, in keeping with his band's 2018 theme.



Mas outfit options fill a poster at the Pagwah Mas camp in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.


James Alleyne plays the Tassa Bass drum at an evening Kutters Rhythm Section practice last Thursday in East Flatbush.


After heavy rains damaged their large pan yard, Kutters Freedom Section practices in an improvised space on a front porch in East Flatbush.


Natty Keith shouts along to a Kutters Rhythm Section practice session in East Flatbush last Thursday night.


Despers, one of the best-known steel bands in Brooklyn's West Indian community, practices in its cramped industrial space in Crown Heights.


Despers, one of the best-known steel bands in Brooklyn's West Indian community, practices in its cramped industrial space in Crown Heights.



Despers, one of the best-known steel bands in Brooklyn's West Indian community, practices in its cramped industrial space in Crown Heights.


Noodles, chicken, and macaroni dishes at Carenage Mas camp.