The Baltimore Caribbean Carnival is annual parade and festival designed to encourage cross-cultural programs within the community in the expansion of Caribbean culture, and to educate youths and adults in Caribbean arts, crafts and culture. Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the Caribbean with music, dance, colorful costumes and more. After the parade, a family-friendly festival takes place with music, live performances, authentic Caribbean food and children’s activities. Free admission.
Dates: July 15 - 16, 2017
- Saturday, noon-5 p.m. The Parade starts at 900 E 33rd Street in Baltimore, Maryland and travels along Alameda Street to St. Lo Drive. The parade typically lasts about five hours. From 5-10 p.m. the Festival, located inside a fenced-in area at Lake Clifton Park,Baltimore, Maryland, features live Caribbean music and entertainment on the main stage.
- Sunday, noon-9 p.m. The Festival continues featuring entertainment, food and crafts. Admission: $20 per person. Lake Clifton Park, Baltimore Maryland.
The Baltimore Carnival is hosted by the Caribbean American Carnival Association of Baltimore (CACAB) in conjunction with the DC Caribbean Carnival Committee (DCCC) and is supported in part by the Mayor of Baltimore City and the Office of Promotions and the Arts.
For more than 20 years, the DC Caribbean Carnival was a popular summer event In Washington, D.C. featuring 30 participating groups representing the Caribbean, Latin America and the Diaspora in colorful costumes portraying different themes, dancing to the sound of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, African, Haitian, Latin and Steelband music. In 2013, the event was combined with the Baltimore celebration.
About Caribbean Culture
Caribbean culture has historically been influenced by European culture and traditions, especially British, Spanish and French. The term explains the artistic, musical, literary, culinary, and social elements that are representative of the Caribbean people all over the world. Each of the Caribbean islands has a unique and distinct cultural identity that was molded by early European colonialists, the African slave trade, as well as indigenous Indian tribes. Carnival is a festival held in the islands in February with parades, musical performances, and colorful costumes.