Cambridge Carnival Saturday Sept 10


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Cambridge Carnival International,, a colorful and festive celebration rooted in African traditions, is preparing for the 19th annual Caribbean and Mardi Gras style festival and parade Saturday, September 10, from Noon – 7 p.m., in Kendall Square, Cambridge. Rain date is Sunday, September 18, 2011.

Cambridge Carnival, a Cambridge institution, is one of the largest festivals in Cambridge, attracting more than 150,000 spectators to this free annual cultural event celebrating the best of Cambridge’s diversity. The festival is a vehicle to bring together Cambridge's diverse community for a spectacular annual costume parade and celebration. The event is free.

The highlight of the festival is a grand costume parade accompanied by rich rhythms 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 costume parade route spans 1.3 miles, starts at 12:30 p.m. and begins near the Charles River at River Street, runs through Mass Avenue, and ends in Kendall Square near MIT, Cambridge. The festivities in Kendall Square begin at Noon and features live music, a KidsFest, ethnic foods and global crafts.

Three music stages boast a powerful line up of local bands and DJ’s. The International Stage will feature World Music, Haitian Roots, Reggae, and Soca. The Rhythm Stage offers interactive music and dance performances and includes acoustic and folkloric rhythms from around the globe, including African dance, salsa and drumming. The Viewing Stage is where the costumes groups are presented formally in front of a team of judges. Preceding the judging, local DJ’s will be spinning their best Caribbean tunes. Several steel bands and percussion groups will join in the parade.

Cambridge Carnival is one of 24 North American Caribbean-style carnivals that showcase costumes that combine wire-bending, masks, music, steel pan, street-parades, dancing, and food and craft exhibits, to display the diverse cultures of all the countries and Caribbean islands.

Getting There:
Cambridge Carnival International is free and can be accessed via public transportation via the MBTA red line. Take the MBTA to Central Square for the parade and to Kendall Square for the festival site.

For general information, call (617) 863-0476, or visit the website at

Please note this is a new date this year to pay respect to any memorial ceremonies related to the 10th anniversary of 9-11.


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