We are mixing it up this year again! Two music stages boast a powerful lineup of local bands and DJ’s. The International Stage will feature World Music, Reggae, and Soca. The Viewing Stage is where the costume groups are presented formally in front of a team of judges. Prior to the judging, local DJ’s will spin their best Caribbean tunes.  After the parade the Viewing Stage will feature live musical performances. Several steel bands and percussion groups will join the parade.

Costume Parade: 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The parade features steel bands and a costume competition. The route pans 1.3 miles and the procession kicks off between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. It will begin near the Charles River, at River Street and Blackstone Street, then it passes through Central Square along Massachusetts Avenue, continues up Main Street and ends in Kendall Square near MIT, Cambridge. See Parade Map Here

Viewing Stage: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

This stage is where the presentation before the judges takes place. We are mixing it up this year! Before and after the parade, we will have guest DJ’s. After the parade, we will have live music such as Caribbean Gospel, Soca, and Reggae music.

International Stage: 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Musical accompaniments have set the tone for worldwide carnival celebrations. We are mixing it up this year! On this stage, bands representing several islands and South American nations will provide the sounds of African, Caribbean, Calypso, Reggae, Garafuna, Haitian Roots music. We will also have guest DJ’s.

KidsFest: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Activities for children ages 5 to 14 years will include face painting, stilt walking, arts and crafts, and other hands-on activities. The location is on Ames Street near Main Street in Kendall Square.  For the latest schedule, click here.


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