the parade of bands
Saturday, July 9, 2022 1:00 P.m. - 5:00 P.M.
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With an expected 35,000 or so attendees, the Baltimore Washington One Carnival parade is a colorful and energetic vision of costumes and music celebrating Caribbean culture in Baltimore, Maryland.
2022 mas Bands
Want to wear a costume at this year's Baltimore Caribbean Carnival? Here are the mas (masquerade/costume) bands authorized to participate in the parade. Contact individual band leaders using the info listed below.
Want to include your organization or mas band in this year's Baltimore Caribbean Carnival Parade? Download the band registration, here.
What should I expect to see at the parade?
The 1 ¼-mile parade features a stream of mas (short for masquerade) bands accompanied by flat-bed trucks equipped with sound-systems pumping out the latest in Caribbean music - soca, calypso and reggae. Each mas band boasts its own coordinated group of dancing revelers known as masqueraders dressed in eye-catching, elaborate costumes depicting a specific theme.
Local steel pan bands, moko jumbies (dancing stilt walkers), 't-shirt' bands, and the popular mud mas (revelers who smear themselves with mud!) and paint 'n powder mas bands round-out the street party celebration.
The parade is also a competition and the mas bands are judged on their creativity, costume design and the energy and participation of their masqueraders.
The Baltimore Washington One Carnival parade is a free, public event for spectators.
Where does the parade take place?
The parade starts in the Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore on 33rd Street, and winds its way along The Alameda, then continues on to Clifton Park via St. Lo Drive. For more information, check out the 'parade route' details listed further down on this page.
* Please do NOT park your car in the YMCA parking lot (at the starting area of the parade). Your car will be towed!
When is the parade?
This year's parade begins at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 9, 2022 and is expected to last approximately four (4) hours with the last mas band crossing the Harford and St. Lo Drive intersection by 5:00 P.M.
where should we park?
Paid parking is available inside Clifton Park (the end of the parade route). Parking fees will be posted closer to the event date.
I'd like to wear a costume during the parade, what should I do?
If you're interested in wearing a costume and being a part of the parade, please review the 2022 Mas Bands to contact individual Mas Band Leaders to arrange for the purchase of a costume.
how do I register a band to be a part of the parade*?
If you would like to showcase your group or organization's creativity and form a mas band and be a part of this year's parade, please download the 2022 Band Registration.
*Only registered bands are authorized to participate in the Baltimore Carnival parade
the parade route
Parade Begins: Ellerslie Ave & E 33rd St, Baltimore MD 21218
Parade Ends: Clifton Park, 2803 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore MD 21213
Saturday's parade begins at the 900 block of 33rd Street in Baltimore, Maryland and proceeds east on 33rd Street, then turns right on The Alameda and continues south across Harford Road and enters Clifton Park via St. Lo Drive.
The Parade judging stand is at the intersection of Kennedy Avenue and The Alameda.