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The Cambridge Carnival celebrated its 22nd year on Sunday, September 7th. Thousands of attendees lined the 1.3 mile parade route to watch the Grand Parade in all its splendor of fabulous costume bands, dancers, and pulsating rhythms that represented numerous Caribbean Islands.
“Cambridge Carnival is a colorful and festive celebration rooted in African traditions. The highlight of the festival is a grand costume parade and an opportunity to celebrate Cambridge’s diversity, enjoy international foods, and purchase multicultural crafts from around the world!” – CambridgeCarnival.org
Shawn Jon representing D’Midas International.
The Cambridge Carnival is the last Trinidad style carnival of the summer in the Northeast region. Other US carnivals in the Northeast precede the Cambridge carnival; Boston & Worcester carnivals are held in August the weekend prior to the NYC West Indian Day parade on Labor Day weekend. Many of the MAS Bands participating in the Cambridge carnival are from Boston. D’Midas International, Socaholics, and Soca Associates to name a few also compete in several of the other area Caribbean Carnivals.
A large viewing stage for judges is stationed near Kendall Square along with an international performance stage nearby for live bands, a children’s carnival, and a large array of international food and merchandise vendors at the end of the parade route. Something for everyone in the family to enjoy on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
Faces of the Cambridge Caribbean Carnival
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