Cambridge Carnival Caribbean & Mardi Gras Style Festival Sept. 13


Cambridge Carnival International, a colorful and festive celebration that is rooted in African traditions announces a new date for the annual Caribbean and Mardi Gras style festival and parade: Sunday, September 13, in Kendall Square, Cambridge.

The Carnival organizers moved the date for economic reasons, in order to avoid competing for sponsors with other events during the same weekend and to also augment the event with activities catering to the college market.


The Cambridge Carnival, now a Cambridge institution, is embarking on its 17th year and is one of the largest festivals in Cambridge, attracting more than 150,000 spectators to this free annual event. The highlight of the festival is a grand costume parade accompanied by rich rhythmic musicality promoting all types of cultures. Revelers masquerade through the streets of Cambridge in dazzling handmade costumes dancing to the international beat and flavor of Carnival—Cambridge style.


The parade, which has a route that spans 1.3 miles starts at 1p.m. and begins near the Charles River at River Street and Blackstone Street, continues up River Street and passes through Central Square along Massachusetts Avenue, continues up Main Street and ends in Kendall Square near MIT, Cambridge. Costume participants are judged on five categories: Craftsmanship; Creativity, Visual Impact, Presentation; and Choreography. To participate in the parade, groups can register by completing an application. Rules and guidelines of the procession can be accessed from the website at, Tweet:@carnival02139, or call 617-492-2518.


About Cambridge Carnival International

Cambridge Carnival is the most unique event in the City of Cambridge. It is planned entirely by the community for the community. The organizing committee works hard year-round to plan an event that is inclusive, engaging, and reflective of the City’s diversity. The event is organized by a non-profit volunteer community organization made up of a diverse group of individuals who live and work in Cambridge as well as local businesses who desire to promote, preserve and share the history and culture of the Caribbean and Carnival traditions based on the models of Trinidad and Tobago and Brazil. The festival is a vehicle to bring together Cambridge's diverse community for a spectacular annual costume parade and celebration.


The Cambridge Carnival has come a long way since 1992 from a small street fair at University Park, to now one of the most spectacular events in the Greater Boston area. Today, Cambridge Carnival is one of the largest outdoor multicultural festivals in New England. Cambridge Carnival is one of twenty-four North American Caribbean-style carnivals that combine wire-bending, costumes, masks, music, steel pan, street-parades, dancing, and food and craft exhibits, to display the diverse cultures of all the countries and Caribbean islands.


2009 major partners include Metro Newspaper, Wainright Bank, Boston Healthnet, Fuze,, and Cambridge Community Television (CCTV). Cambridge Carnival International is free and can be accessed via public transportation via the red line. Take MBTA stop to Central Square for the parade and MBTA stop Kendall Square for the festival site. For vendor information, sponsorship, volunteer information, and general information, call 617-492-2518, email, Tweet:@carnival02139 or visit the website at

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