Dear Community Stakeholder.
The Cambridge Carnival Committee in collaboration with the Central Square Business Association/Cultural District invite you to a
free Community Forum on Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library Central Square Branch, 45
Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA 02139. The theme for the forum is “Our Vision for the Next 25 Years.” Refreshments will be provided
courtesy of Central Square Business Association/Cultural District. RSVP desired at bit.ly/forumcarnival due to limited space.
Cambridge Carnival International is a colorful and festive celebration rooted in African traditions. The festival, in its 26th year is
considered a Cambridge Institution and it’s the largest festival in Cambridge. The festival is planned by the people for the people. A
volunteer committee of residents, work year-round to plan this special and spectacular event for the Cambridge community that
celebrates culture, diversity and community. The highlight of the festival is a grand costume parade accompanied by rich rhythmic
musicality promoting all types of cultures. Participants can be seen as revelers masquerading through the streets in dazzling
handmade costumes accompanied by steel drums, dancing to the beat of the Carnival. The festival is also an opportunity to enjoy
international foods and purchase multicultural crafts from around the world.
As the Cambridge Carnival embarks on the next 25 years, we invite the Cambridge community and our stakeholders to be a part of
shaping its future. We all want what is best for our community and our City—a fun, safe and successful Carnival. We can’t be
successful unless we are all invested and in this together. We borrowed the words from our City Manager, Louis A. DePasquale that
he shared at a recent community meeting that also applies to us — “while there will be challenges, by working together we will get
there.” We hope you will join us on March 29th to help us get “there.”
Community Forum Agenda
Preserving our legacy—enhancing the programming
Exploring a new venue and festival footprint
Introducing the Cambridge Youth Steel Orchestra initiative