September 9, 2012 | 20th Cambridge Carnival International

With its globe-hopping restaurant culture, Cambridge has long been a hotbed of worldly flavors. But no culinary fare can compete with the 20th Cambridge Carnival International. This community-organized celebration of Afro-Caribbean music, food, and artwork is the city’s largest festival. And its centerpiece, a sprawling, percussion-filled parade from the Charles River through Central Square, is open to any uninhibited soul with a talent for costume design and a competitive streak: judges will award prizes to those with the most exuberant outfits. The parade runs from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., but the party doesn’t end there; you can snack on bites from multinational vendors and dance the day away to live salsa, reggae, calypso, and more at the Main Street stages between Central and Kendall. Find more information and register for the parade at