Join In On the Grand Celebration of African and Caribbean Culture @ Cambridge Carnival – (Saturday, Sept. 13th from Noon ’til 7:00 p.m.)
This coming weekend, Kendall Square will come alive with the colorful gala festivities of Cambridge Carnival. Now in its 17th year, this celebratory event is expected to attract a crowd of at least 150,000. Yes, this is huge! Modeled after the carnival traditions of Brazil and Trinidad and Tabago, the fun begins with a parade of dazzling colorful costumes accompanied by ethnic music. Many of the numerous cultures of both Africa and the Caribbean, along with Brazil, will be featured throughout the afternoon in a variety of settings. Enjoy wire-bending costume art, dancing, ethnic food, and native craft displays. There’s even a KidsFest for carnival goers ages 5-14.
And now for the best part, as far as I’m concerned, the music. Aah yes, lots and lots of wonderful world music. Genres to be featured include Afro-Cuban fusion, calypso, reggae, compa, punta, salsa, soca, steel drum and more. The musical activities will be centered around three outdoor stages, one for live bands, another for drumming and dance exhibitions, and a third for DJ hosted entertainment. Cambridge Carnival is the truest of neighborhood events. It is put on solely by the African and Caribbean communities of Cambridge in an effort to ensure their continued cultural prosperity through a spirit of unity and togetherness amongst their members.
When: Sunday, Sept. 13th (Noon – 7:00 p.m.)
Where: Kendall Square, Cambridge (T stop on the red line)
Check out Carnival web site for more info, including the parade route and a schedule of events