There: From Boston by subway, take the MBTA
red line to the Central Square stop (for the parade) or one further stop to Kendall
Square (for the festival.)
Carnival Internatinoal started out in 1992 as a relatively small Boston
street fair located in University Park in Cambridge.
then, it has become a well known and much celebrated event, and has grown to become
the largest festival of any kind of the Cambridge area, as well as being one of
the biggest public street parties in all of New England attracting some 100,000
Today known as Cambridge Carnival International, everyone is welcome including kids and families to the
event that traditionally features two stages with live music, DJs, as well as a KidsFest
Traditionally held on the Sunday after Labor Day, watch for the 27th annual Cambridge Carnival to be celebrated this year on Sunday, September 8, 2019.
2018 Cambridge Carnival Schedule
Costume Parade: 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Get treated to performances by steel bands and colorful costumes along a 1.3 mile parade route beginning at River Street and Blackstone Street near the Charles River. The parade travels through Central Square along Massachusetts Avenue, and continues up Main Street ending at Kendall Square near MIT, Cambridge.
Viewing Stage: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Conveniently located where the parade ends in Kendall Square, the viewing stage features guest DJ's as well as live music including Caribbean Gospel, Soca, and Reggae.
Colorful scenes from the Cambridge Carnival - all photos courtesy of Paul Bryan
International Stage: 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
A block further down from Kendall Square on Ames Street is where band representing several island and South American nations provide the sounds of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean, Calypso, Reggae, Compa, Punta, and Salsa music.
KidsFest: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Near the International stage is where kids can find activities for children ages 5 to 14 years include face painting, stilt walking, and arts and craft activities.
All about the Cambridge Carnival
The Cambridge Carnival is based on similar events
in Brazil and Trinidad
and Tobago, which in turn have roots in the mixing of Caribbean and African
cultures dating as far back as the 17th century.
Those attending the
Cambridge Carnival can look forward to a festive and colorful atmosphere during the
mile-long annual street parade, as well as a huge variety of costumes, Caribbean
food, music, dancing, and an easy mix of diverse cultures very akin to a Mardi
The Cambridge Carnival draws on its ever-increasing popularity
to draw participants from everywhere. Northeasterners feature prominently, but
people from all across North America as well as international visitors often make
it a point to attend while on summer holiday.