Dame Lorraine

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Dame Lorraine (Trinidad and Tobago) or Mother Sally (Barbados) is a Carnival character.[1] She is characterized as a voluptuously large woman who wears a long dress and dances in the mas. According to the Trinidad and Tobago National Library, the character is "imitative of the mas played by the 18th and early 19th century French planters, who would dress up in elegant costumes of the French aristocracy and parade in groups at private homes, particularly on Carnival Sunday night. They also performed the sophisticated dances of the period. The liberated slaves recreated these costumes – complete with elaborate fans and hats – in their own fashion, using materials that were readily available, such as assorted rags and imitation jewellery-type items, but emphasizing and exaggerating the physical characteristics, and dancing to small bandol and cuatro bands. they also put pillows or stuffings to make their behind and bosoms bigger "[2]


  1. ^ "Dame Lorraine or Dame Lorine", Traditional Carnival Characters.
  2. ^ "Traditional Carnival Characters", NALIS.

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