ENJOY THE PARADE: Boston Plans for a Safe and Festive Caribbean Festival Weekend

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William B. Evans encourage J’ouvert and Caribbean Festival parade-goers to celebrate responsibly. This festival has historically shown a large increase in crowds and onlookers along the parade route in the area of Blue Hill Avenue near Columbia Road and the surrounding area. Throughout the weekend, the Boston Police Department will increase patrols, focusing on the parade route and calls for service. The public and local business owners should be aware of the following:

  • The Boston Police Department will strictly enforce compliance to all alcohol laws. Public drinking, providing alcohol to minors, and open containers of alcohol in public will not be tolerated.
  • Do not engage in negative behavior such as fighting, throwing beverages, or destroying property.
  • If you are hosting a party along the parade route, YOU are responsible for your guests.  Please refrain from unsafe rooftop viewing.

The J’ouvert Morning Parade will form at 6:00 AM and step off from Talbot and Blue Hill Avenues at 7:00 AM. Please be aware that the parade route is abbreviated.

The Caribbean Festival Parade will form at 11:00 AM and step off from Martin Luther King Boulevard and Warren Street at 1:00 PM.

Both parades will disperse at Franklin Park near the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Columbia Road.

Residents and visitors to the city should be aware that the weekend’s festivities and street closures will impact MBTA transportation, as well as pedestrian and vehicular traffic and parking.

We would like to remind everyone that this is a family-friendly event and should be celebrated in a responsible manner.  Mayor Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner Evans wish you a safe and happy Caribbean Festival!