Happy 20th Birthday Cambridge Carnival!
Happy Birthday Cambridge Carnival International
Celebrating 20 years of Diversity in Cambridge
Put on your dancing shoes and join more than 100,000 for the Cambridge Carnival birthday party on Sunday, September 9, 2012 for the 20th Annual Cambridge Carnival International, www.cambridgecarnival.org. The Carnival is Cambridge’s largest festival, a colorful and festive festival rooted in African traditions will celebrate a milestone year. The festival will take place from 12 noon – 7pm in Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cambridge Carnival, a Cambridge institution, celebrates the best of Cambridge’s diversity through a traditional Caribbean style Carnival. The festival is a vehicle to bring together Cambridge’s diverse community for a spectacular annual celebration.
The highlight of the festival is a grand costume parade accompanied by rich rhythms promoting a myriad of cultures. Revelers masquerade through the streets of Cambridge in dazzling handmade costumes dancing to the international beat and flavor of Carnival. Individuals can now join in the parade festivities with the Cambridge Carnival Community Parade to vie for the most innovative, traditional, ad unique costumes, however, they must register online for a small fee. The costume parade route spans 1.3 miles, starts at 12:30pm 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 12 noon and features live music, a KidsFest with free interactive activities for children and families from 6 months up as well as ethnic foods and global crafts.
Three music stages will showcase a powerful line up of performers and the festival promises to be fun for the whole family. The International Stage (at corner of Ames and Main Streets) will feature Aria from Kingston, Jamaica (Reggae) Kolors Band (Soca, Xalypso), Gaia Roots International (Female Roots Band), Newz Band (Haitian Kompa), Pentecostal Tabernacle Worship Team (Gospel), Samba Viva (Brazilian Samba Band), and King Ilabash and the Reggae Connection (Reggae).The Rhythm Stage (on Main Street near the Kendall Square MBTA stop offers interactive music and dance performances and includes acoustic and folkloric rhythms and dance from around the globe. The Viewing Stage (Main and Albany Street) is where the costumes groups are presented formally in front of an esteemed team of judges. Pre and Post parade, there will be local DJ’s featured spinning their best Caribbean tunes. Steel bands will wrap up the parade brining down the Cambridge Carnival Community parade.
Cambridge Carnival can be accessed via the MBTA red line Central Square for the parade and Kendall Square for the festival. This year’s major sponsors include Solar City, Radio Disney, Ford Escape, The Williams Agency, Honest Tea, Knucklebones, Yelp.com, and the City of Cambridge. For a full schedule and information, visit the website at www.cambridgecarnival.org.