The mission of ERS is to promote and educate on all aspects of Caribbean culture, in particular,
the culture of carnival. Carnival culture includes annual parade bands, Calypso, Steel band, Disc jockey, Jouvert, and King
and Queen of the band.
ERS provides financial assistance to members of West Indian Community
who are experiencing financial hardship, such as those caused by natural disasters, death, education and other unforeseen
ERS worls closley with the government and people of the U.S. towards
the common good and contributes to the needs of our community in its uplifting standards.
ERS develops and implements programs related to the culture of carnival
to all youths and institutions. ERS also provides exchange among immigrant families of the West Indies and ethnic groups,
and trives to continuously rxtend the heritage unto the children of these immigrant families within our communities.
Engine Room Section, Inc., (ERS) was founded in 1994 for
the sole purpose of bringing back the ‘old time’ way of masquerading, or as Trinidadians would say ‘playing
mas into the Annual Caribbean/American
Carnival in the city of Boston. With this old school theme in mind a few of the fellas and girls got together and brought
the original form of costuming, Mud Mas commonly known as “ole mas”, onto the Boston Carnival stage. From that
point on Engine Room Section registered with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office/Division of Public Charities
as a non-profit social and cultural organization. From our humble beginning we have made our motto, ’Together As One”,
the driving force in our methods of operation. We constantly strive to:
Organize and participate in the
Annual Caribbean/American Carnival in the City of Boston.
Plan and manage events surrounding
Develop and institute cultural
and social programs based on our Diaspora and the rich legacy of our African, Caribbean, American and European heritage.
Maintain unity and harmony in
our community that will motivate the younger generation to follow our example.
Provide an environment at our
events and functions that is educationally enriching, fun and most of all affordable.
Assist in community based events
that advance the quality of life for Caribbean/American residents of Massachusetts in general and Boston specifically.
Establish linkages with other
community organizations to strengthen the understanding of our culture and our role as Caribbean/Americans in America.
From our inception in 1994 we have created
and portrayed an array of themes that are historically significant to the Caribbean/American community in America and abroad.
Our themes cover the gamut from local to global interest, political to comical and historical to satirical. Always, we try
to be environmentally friendly and sensitive. 95% of our costumes are made of recycled materials. To date, we have depicted
the following themes:
1994 Enjoy yourself (Coming out
1995 From the Mudderland
1997 Mud at Work
1998 “A day in the Devil’s
wood yard” (The devil’s Wood yard is a mud volcano in Trinidad)
1999 Emancipation on the Farm
2000 Freedom to Struggle
2001 Down Under In the Outback
2002 Pompeii on the Avenue
2003 Out of Africa
2004 In the Engine Room
2005 Darkest Night
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean
2007 Birth of Civilization
2009 Barbarians at the Gate
· 2010 Mudd Rats
Whatever our theme, we are always entertaining
and enlightening at the same time. To us, fun and education is one concept in and of itself. We are firm believers in having
intellectual fun. So come check us out and get on board with Engine Room Section as we set sail for another fantastic voyage
back to the future. So get on aboard…. Together As One!!!!