38th Caribbean Carnival Festival & Parade, Aug. 21, 25, 26, 27

Boston Carnival VillageDon a costume, dance to Soca and Steel-Band music and savor culinary treasures prepared by some of the Caribbean’s finest. Founded in 1973, Boston's Trinidad-style Carnival is one of the hottest events of the summer. March in the parade, watch each band's "King" and "Queen" proceed by in full dress, be part of the "J'ouvert" street party, attend a huge live concert featuring Machel Montano or go on a boat cruise. A full schedule of events is available at http://www.bostoncarnival.org/aug.htm. Parents take note: a family friendly "Kiddies Carnival" takes place at 12 p.m. on August 21, at White Stadium, Walnut Ave, Dorchester, MA.