In Brief: Gorilla masqueraders wear full body, long fur gorilla suits in a variety of colors, including a full facial mask.  In modern performance, this mask is often accompanied by an uptempo, “power soca” music.  Gorillas often quote movement that could be considered human, ape, or a mixture of the two.  Their interaction with bystanders often includes gentler direct contact followed by erratic gymnastic movements, climbing, “chipping”, and any form of bacchanal with their gorilla ensemble.

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Costuming: A gorilla suit is worn.

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Movement:  Rolling, climbing, dancing, and audience interaction. Gorillas are not unlike the Devil Mas in their ability to intimidate. Generally, the Mas is played in a wild but genial fashion- instead of actively intimidating the audience for money, there is a greater effort to amuse or even ignore by climbing buildings, cars, etc.

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