Cambridge Carnival International is an annual multicultural festival held in Cambridge, MA. It is the one of the ten top festivals, and the largest outdoor multicultural festival in New England. The festival brings together the different nationalities and cultures that make up Cambridge and surrounding areas.
The Cambridge Carnival is an outdoor costume parade and festival attracting more than 100.000 people. Each year the Carnival continues to attract more and more people making it very successful. Cambridge Carnival Holiday is a grand and spectacular celebration of cultural heritage and cross-cultural exchange.
This carnival holiday gala is a Caribbean and Mardi Gras style costume parade and festival featuring a costume competition, steel bands and live music.
The Carnival is planned year-round by a diverse committee of volunteers with a variety of skills and background.
It is a colorful and festive celebration that is rooted in African traditions. Having been brought to the Americas and the Caribbean by slaves as far back as the 1600s, the rich rhythmic culture and the music of the African people is the primary seed for carnivals-worldwide.
Using carnival from Trinidad and Tobago as its basic model, the city of Cambridge in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is one of twenty-four North American Caribbean-style Carnivals that combines wire-bending, costumes, masks, music, street-parades, dancing, food, and craft exhibits, to embellish the diverse cultures of all the countries and Caribbean islands, where transplanted Africans settled.
Cambridge Carnival Holiday has come a long way since its inception 1992, growing from a small street fair to one of the most spectacular events in the Greater Boston area. Indicative of this growth is that in 2005, Cambridge Carnival is moving to a new location. It is expected that the masqueraders and the crowds will more than double from previous years.
Musical accompaniments have set the tone for worldwide carnival celebrations. Bands representing several island nations provide the sounds of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean, Calypso, Reggae, and Salsa music.
The traditional Caribbean steel pan often accompanies bands from Trinidad and Jamaica.
In addition, vocal performers also grace the stage at areas posted throughout the celebration.
Dance troupes parading in colorful costumes are the highlights of Carnival. Feathers, plumbs, bright colored silks and satin with jeweled and hand beaded designs adorn beautiful dancers as they stroll from Central Square to Technology Square in the foreground of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
For more than thirteen years corporate sponsors, donors and individuals have made financial contributions to supported Cambridge Carnival Holiday. Those generous contributions have helped to cover production costs.
Cambridge Carnival Holiday will offer and provide prizes for the best portrayal of Carnival, which demonstrate craftsmanship, creativity, visual impact, presentation, and the Spirit of Carnival for the costumed band competition. The festival has always been free and open to the public.