Costume Parade

Masqueraders & Dance Troupes


Masqueraders parading in colorful costumes are the highlights of the Carnival. Feathers, plumes, bright colored silks, and satin with jeweled and hand beaded designs adorn beautiful dancers as they stroll from the Charles River, to Central Square, to Technology Square in the foreground of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Application to register a costume band or to participate in the parade coming soon.

Cambridge Carnival International is a colorful and festive celebration that is rooted in African traditions. The annual event is the largest festival in Cambridge and thousands of spectators will attend this free annual event. The grand costume parade is accompanied by rich rhythmic musicality and promotes all types of cultures that can be seen as revelers masquerade through the streets of Cambridge in dazzling handmade costumes dancing to the international beat and flavor of the Carnival—Cambridge style.

The parade route spans 1.3 miles and starts at 12:30 pm on Blackstone Street between Western Avenue and River Street near the Charles River.  The parade runs up River Street, passes through Central Square along Massachusetts Avenue, continues up Main Street and ends in Kendall Square near MIT, Cambridge.



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