The Baltimore/Washington Caribbean Carnival is annual parade and festival designed to encourage cross-cultural programs within the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area community in the expansion of Caribbean culture, and to educate youths and adults in Caribbean arts, crafts and culture. For more than 20 years, the DC Caribbean Carnival was a popular summer event 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.
Dates: July 9 - 10, 2016
Saturday July 9 - The Parade starts at Noon at 900 E 33rd Street in Baltimore, Maryland and travels along Alameda Street to St. Lo Drive. The Festival continues at Lake Clifton Park until 10:00 pm; $10 entrance fee.
Sunday, July 10 - The Festival continues from Noon to 9:00 pm featuring entertainment, food and crafts. Admission: $15.00 per person.
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.
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