Caribbean Carnival brings food, fun and festivity to Boston – Metro US

Caribbean Carnival brings food, fun and festivity to Boston

The streets of Boston were awash in vibrantly-colored outfits adorned with sequins and feathered wings as people marched in the Carnival Parade to honor Caribbean culture.

The annual celebration brought thousands of attendees who ate, danced and sang their way through the city to the tune of steel drums.

“Here, it’s just a family-friendly event,” said parade goer Tamara Lawrence to the Boston Globe. “It’s a great time to show your roots.”

The day kicked off with the traditional early-morning J’ouvert celebration during which hundreds gathered to dance, ushering in the day of festivities.

J’ouvert usually follows a night of partying, which had local police on guard because of violence in previous years, but the weekend went off without a hitch.

“It’s been peaceful,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told the Globe. “For the most part, it’s a great family day. [If] the kids who want to cause problems don’t show up, we’ll have a great day.”

Indeed the day was a loud and proud celebration of all things Caribbean including authentic food vendors, musicians and energetic marchers who tipped their feathered headdresses to their culture.