Cambridge Carnival tonight announced the cancellation of the annual festival on Sept. 8.
Based on the recommendation of Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard, Jr., and the Cambridge Carnival Committee, the City Manager Louis A. DePasquale have agreed to cancel this year’s Cambridge Carnival. This year’s event was scheduled for Sunday, September 8.
For the past 26 years, the Cambridge Carnival has been an important cultural event for the City of Cambridge and the greater region. However, there have been increasing safety concerns associated with this year’s event due in part to the gun violence that occurred last weekend in the immediate vicinity of Boston’s Caribbean Carnival Parade.
The safety of the Cambridge community and those planning to participate in this event or any Cambridge event is paramount and will always serve as the highest priority as it pertains to making difficult decisions like this.
We greatly appreciate the community and expected participants’ understanding with this decision.
Last weekend, before the start of the annual Caribbean parade down Blue Hill Avenue, several people were shot in or near Franklin Field and Harambee Park in Dorchester, one fatally.
H/t Greg Cook and Ron Newman.