About Baltimore Washington One Carnival


When is the Baltimore Washington One Carnival 2023?

The Baltimore Washington One Carnival 2023 will take place on July 7,8 and 9.

Where is the Baltimore Washington One Carnival?

The Baltimore Washington One Carnival takes place at Hustoric Druid Hill Park, Baltimore Maryland. Baltimore is located in north-central Maryland and sits on the Patapsco River.

What is the Baltimore Washington One Carnival?

The Baltimore Washington One Carnival is an annual Caribbean Carnival celebration that sees two cities come together to celebrate and embrace Caribbean Island culture! The Baltimore Washington One Carnival draws over 35,000 locals and visitors to the celebration.

The Baltimore Washington One Carnival has been held for 42 years. The carnival is organised by the Caribbean American Carnival Association of Baltimore (CACAB) in conjunction with the DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc. (DCCC).

Baltimore Washington One Carnival delights all of the senses! It is all about embracing traditional Caribbean cuisine, dance and music. The carnival will be filled with colorful costumes, music, delicious food and incredible arts and crafts. The carnival is fun for the entire family!

What is the history of Baltimore Washington One Carnival?

Carnival is an important part of Caribbean culture. Carnival depicts Caribbean cultural expressions as well as historical significance. Carnival was created to retain and promote the rich heritage and culture of the Caribbean Islands.

Pride and optimism are the hallmarks that drive Caribbean Carnival which is world-renowned for its colorful, memorable, and compelling mas parades filled with creative and talented masquerades and marching bands.

The Baltimore Washington One Carnival is about encouraging cross-cultural programs within the community to expand Caribbean culture as well as educate the next generation of Caribbean youths in Caribbean arts, crafts and culture.

How do we celebrate Baltimore Washington One Carnival?

The Baltimore Washington One Carnival kicks off on Friday, July 7 with a “Runaway Jouvert” celebration at Historic Druid Hill Park (The Bowl) and continues on Saturday, July 8 with a Caribbean Parade which will winds its way through the streets of Baltimore in the Park Heights community then culminates at Druid Hill Park with a Caribbean festival at the Druid Hill Park (The Bowl). This festival continues at Druid Hill Park on Sunday, July 9 with a Family Fun Day.

The Carnival will be filled with the tastes, sights, and sounds of the Caribbean. There will be lots of colorful costumes, dancing, music and so much more. The Caribbean Festival after the parade is a family-friendly event that will have activities for the whole family.

What is Playing Mas?

When it comes to celebrating Caribbean Carnival you can either just be a spectator or you can join in the parade! Information on the various parade groups can be found in the Bands link.

Baltimore Washington One Carnival Mas Parade

The Baltimore Washington One Carnival Mas Parade transforms the streets of Baltimore into a lively, colorful, and chaotic celebration. The parade runs for 3 miles and will see a stream of Mas Bands accompanied by sound systems or music bands perform through the streets. You can expect to hear a lot of Caribbean tunes like reggae, soca, or calypso music being played.

You will see Local Steel pan bands performing, moko jumbies which are dancing stilt walkers, the mud mas revelers who smear themselves with mud, and the paint n powder mas bands who all partake in the parade.

But this is more than just a parade, this is also a competition and the mas bands are all being judged on their creativity, performance, energy, costume design, and participation of their masquerades. The event is free for all spectators.

Baltimore Washington One Carnival Parade Route

Parade Begins: Ellerslie Ave & E 33rd St, Baltimore MD 21218
Parade Ends: Clifton Park, 2803 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore MD 21213

The Baltimore Washington One Carnival Mas Parade begins in the Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore on 33rd Street, and will wind its way along The Alameda. After it will continue on to Clifton Park via St. Lo Drive.

If you are coming from close by you are able to catch the commuter MARC train or the Amtrak train. Baltimore has great public transport options to get you around the city. You can also take the Greyhound or Bolt Bus.

If you are coming from further away you can fly to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, which is the primary international airport serving Baltimore, Maryland. It is just one of three major airports serving the Baltimore–Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

Where to stay in Baltimore?

Baltimore has plenty of accommodation options to suit all budgets and levels of comfort.

Please check out Booking.com for some accommodation options here.

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What to do and see in Baltimore?

Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland. It is a major seaport with lots to see and do including historic landmarks, parks, museums, galleries and more. It is also home to loads of great dining and shopping options.

While most of the city’s tourism centers around the picturesque Inner Harbour, Baltimore is a destination with many unique attractions and distinct neighborhoods that are absolutely worth exploring.