This photograph captures "Magnus" (John Farrell), on his famous striped poles, costume and conical head-dress. Farrell was the first masquerader in the St.Thomas Carnival to popularize this tradition that was learnt as a boy in St. Kitts, W.I. Farrell had ambitions to be a tragedian actor and used the masquerade act to promote his mime reportoire, and to represent the Downstreet ward where he lived.
The location is the Lionel Roberts Ballfield, Hospital Grounds, St. Thomas, V.I.
Additional information in: The Mocko Jumbie of the U.S. Virgin Islands: history and
antecedents / Robert w. Nicholls (African Arts, v. 32, no. 3 (1999 Autune), p. 49-61+