Not even the rain could put a damper on the spectacular kiddies mas held at downtown Port-of-Spain.
To popular tunes like and Famalay and Savannah Grass scores young masquerades frolicked in a sea of vibrant colour and splendour, indeed portraying the start of the Greatest Show on Earth.
But it was Famalay which took the lead, fuelling the energy of the young masqueraders even further.
From teens to tiny tots, they jumped, danced, pranced, waved as they depicted a wide array of themes ranging from nature to space objects to lollipops and even traditional mas characters.
Tribute was also paid to legends like The Mighty Shadow and Ken 'Professor' Philmore which seemingly got the nod of some of the onlookers including tourists.
Despite the slow start due to the inclement weather, the bands flowed smoothly through the respective routes, beginning at South Quay.
Judges said there was a sizeable turnout of spectators from all parts of the country.
"The creativity of the bands improved every year. It's amazing how all the costumes come to life when the children jump up. It's important we encourage the younger generation to be part of all of this to keep Carnival alive," one judge said.
Many spectators lined Independence Square to view the passing bands.
Although the streets were jam-packed with spectators and masqueraders, the crowd maintained the peace under the watchful eye of police officers who were out in full force to ensure law and order.
Rain fails to stop young South masqueraders
Meanwhile, in South, bay rum, vapour rub, and Shandilay bush may be in demand today for hundreds of children who took part in yesterday's Junior Parade of the Bands in San Fernando under heavy rains.
If the water lord Neil "Iwer" George considered yesterday's downpour as a water blessing, it was surely felt by the children who agreed that rain only stops cricket and frolicked through the soggy outfield and wet stage at Skinner Park.
At the 10 am start time, most of the 26 bands had gathered at Circular Road but had to take cover from the persistent drizzle that lasted more than an hour. The delay saw the first band, House of Jacqui with their portrayal of Kaiso Kaiso, reaching the stage at 12.55 pm.
The clouds were dark grey, but the colours and the magic of children making merry lit the faces of parents and onlookers who stood in the mud in front of the stage.
There were dazzling costumes from The Nation's People who presented their Guardians of the Ogala Nation; a display of traditional Indian mas.
The band Heart and Soul's presentation of Birds of a Feather showed creativity in portraying the beautiful birds that nest in T&T, including a flock of Scarlet Ibis, the rare scarlet macaw, the white doves that represent love, the peacock and peahen, and the all-girls section of pink flamingoes. R&T Kids Crew's The Sky is the Limit brought their own weather to the stage, showcasing the rainbow, the sun, white clouds, lightning, and rain.
But after their performance at 2.30 pm, the rain returned. By the time Eckel Village AC School and Friends showed off their presentation of Tribute to Kings and Queens of Carnival, the rain was pouring and many of the masqueraders were brought onto the stage drenched, yet still happy to participate.