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Get Outdoors New England Bulletin Board Last update: 8/21/2014 9:46:17 PM

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Caribbean Carnival Walk-Festival
Date/Time: Saturday 8/23/2014 10:30:00 AM
Status: Running
Michael Schuttenberg
Michael writes: This Saturday--23 August---is the Grand Parade of Boston's Carnivale, one of the largest Caribbean island celebrations in North America (after Toronto's Caribana), and I'm planning on taking it in (the 5:00 a.m. "J'Ouvert" celebration is a bit too early for my normal habits). Although it's not my personal cultural heritage, I look forward to the music, food, and festive atmosphere for months---and the walk along parts of Boston's Emerald Necklace in summer is quite likely to be a decent amount of exercise---figure at least 5 miles of casual walking. If anyone wants to join me,meet at the Jamaica Pond Boat House on SAT,. 23 Aug, at 10:30 a.m. Neither the walk nor the fest is likely to be cancelled due to weather, so only a public or personal emergency will cancel this walk.
This event combines a walk of several miles with a major cultural event, and will run rain or shine. I intend to walk a portion of the Emerald Necklace and visit sections (maybe all three) of the Arnold Arboretum, then walk to Franklin Park to take in the festivities at Carnivale--which include the food and crafts vendors from the English-speaking Caribbean islands. After lunch at the fest--Curried goat and oxtail is sure to be on many menus, as well as refreshing homemade island drinks like sorrel and mauby--- we will walk along the parade route and take in the floats, dancers, and paraders. We will walk back to JP passing one or more Orange Line MBTA stations for those taking the T.
Directions: The boat house is right on Jamaica Pond, at intersection of Pond Street and the Jamaica Way in Jamaica Plain. Street parking is available; nearest subway stop is Green Street on the Orange Line, with bus service from Copley Square along Center Street in JP just a few blocks from the boat house.

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