Boston Caribbean parade draws dancers, mayoral hopefuls

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The Carribbean Carnival parade was a colorful event in Roxbury and Dorchester Saturday, Nikita Lalwani reports for The Boston Globe.

As the sun shone overhead and the streets vibrated with drum beats, brightly clad dancers made their way down Martin Luther King Boulevard in Roxbury, wearing feathered crowns, body glitter, and sparkling jewelry. But this year, the dancers in the city’s annual Caribbean Carnival parade were joined by another group: volunteers wearing T-shirts and holding signs in support of their favorite candidates in Boston’s mayoral race.

The parade, in its 40th run, celebrates the cultures of the Caribbean islands, and many participants wore flags from their native countries. But Saturday, it also offered an opportunity for mayoral hopefuls to meet voters, increase visibility, and show off some dance moves.

Boston police officers and State Police troopers maintained a heavy and highly visible presence. Several reports emerged throughout the day…

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