Updated: February 12, 2018

Masks have been used during carnival for hundreds of years.  The origin of carnival masks is varied. Some came from Europe, South America and Africa. The masks told stories about a culture and a people.  The African people used masks in their rituals and dance and so the custom was brought over  with slavery.

The earliest of masks seem to have been for religious rituals and  cultural celebrations. Using mask during carnival seem to be an incorporation of the two.