Maškary a masky
We have been making, altering and honoring our own masks from the very beginning of the Carnival. This gives the Roztoky Carnival its special character. Both children and adults take part in creating the masks, often under the supervision of experienced professional artists. The costumes are based on traditional folk customs – and with all due respect to them we play with them and transform them according to our needs and imagination.
The following people, to name but a few, participate in the artistic design and creation of the masks: Jaromír a Zuzana Sléhovi, Lenka Bráfka Svobodová, Adam a Dora Krátcí, Barbora Sléhová, Milada a Szilárd Borárosovi, Marianna Stránská, Zuzana Vítková, Alžběta Svobodová, Andrew and Kathy Kim, Alison Duddle, Jonny Quick and many of the adult and child residents of the Roztoky area.
To feel comfortable in the Masopust parade you will need a mask or costume. If you haven’t got your own, we’ll lend you one.
- 14th February 16.00–20.00 in atelier Roztoč Jungmannova 092 (behind the town library), Roztoky
- 15th February from 11.00 in Chateau in Roztoky
- For larger organised groups (more than two people) wanting a collective costume, or for those feeling ambitious enough to wear something big and act in it a little, please contact +420 603 946 501 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll come up with a costume for you to put on.
- 15th February in front of the Chapiteau when the Parade arrives in Roztoky-Žalov
- on Sunday 16th February 14.00–15.00 in atelier Roztoč Jungmannova 092 (behind the town library), Roztoky
- other – please contact Martina Macurová: 603 946 501 or email@example.com. And don't worry – she speaks great English.
Some of the masks
The Queen of Masopust
The Queen of Masopust leads the masked procession. Each year, a young girl reigns over the town and the parade. The Queen is crowned by her predecessor.
The Queen Emerita
The first queen of Masopust. In years past, she would always look for a Masopust King to stand by her side, granting the honour to the weightiest citizen of the town (determined by weighing scales).
A strange animal, something between a mare, a giraffe and an aluminium ladder that the Queen rides to the hilltop at Holý vrch. It is humanely put to sleep at the height of the celebrations (normally by shock wave).
The Bear and the Bear Tamer
Women dance with the bear while men wrestle him. The experienced keeper is there to make sure he doesn’t go too wild. A dance with the Bear is supposed to ensure fertility, though there are no statistics to support this.
Death / The Grim Reaper
The Grim Reaper and the Fast are carnival celebrities of the highest rank and two of the oldest masks that have been accompanying the Roztoky Carnival for many years. Their dance is a symbol of the forthcoming fast.
Like most of the other masks, the Grim Reaper and the Fast were made by many children and adults working together. The final likeness and construction is the work of Jaromír Sleha and Zuzana Slehová.
Bacchus joined the Grim Reaper and the Fast as the third wheel of the cart. His message is obvious – he’s showing us what to do before the time to fast comes. He is huge, and keeps stuffing himself with sausages.
A group of girls dancing with brooms at the head of the procession make room for the Queen and her entourage as they sweep all bad things out of the way. Their attire is complemented by black belts with bells and decorated brooms.
The boisterous and crafty monkeys get up to all sorts of things. No one and nothing can be safe with them around. Watch out whenever you see them… They were originally Dora Kratká’s school work and have multiplied somewhat since.
The Drum Band
The Blaboburo Corps band lends the procession a somewhat Latin American rhythm. It started out as part of a Roztoč drumming course but has been long performing independently and playing under the name of Blaboburo.
The Blue Deer and Doe
The dreamy Blue Deer and Doe with their entourage once stepped out of their realm and legend in Tiché Udolí and have been a part of the procession ever since. The authors are Dora and Adam Kratký and friends.
Crazy Caprda is the mother of the Carnival / Mardi Gras. It is also the name of the beer we brewed for the Masopust’s 20th anniversary in 2017. The large mask from Zuzana and Jaromír Sleha’s workshop was made in the same year.
Seven Grim Reapers
A group of seven Grim Reapers on stilts appeared in 2017, designed and performed by D. Krátká, V. Bělochová, J. Tomšů, J. Mirovský, D. Lázsló, J. Štěpánek and A. Krátký.
The large glowing Polar She-Bear was created under Andrew Kim’s supervision in England. Dora and Adam Kratký made it for Lamplighter’s, brought it to Roztoky and it has been with us since.
The Cockerel and His Flock
The Cockerel and his flock are large light-up masks made at Andrew Kim’s workshop in 2018. The Cockerel is the antithesis to the Grim Reaper and brings Klibna back to life.
Two light-up Hussars with swords are mostly the work of Szilard Boraros and were made at a workshop for light-up masks.
The Traffic Control Squad
An absolutely crucial part of the Carnival is a group of men responsible for traffic control and organizing the procession. You can easily recognize them by the traffic cones they wear on their heads.