Somerstreets kicks off with ‘Carnaval’

On June 8, 2011, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

– Photos by Max W. Lauf

The 2011 SomerStreets celebration kicked off last weekend with Carnaval @ SomerStreets and FossFest.
East Somerville Main Streets presented music by Marcus Santos AfroBrazil, Grupo Samurai, Dirty Water Brass Band, Dance and Fitness demos by World Rhythms, Vegetable Circus, local dancers and Fantasy Fuel.
Additional programming included the Villen Vibez hip hop open mic and dance competition organized by Teen Empowerment, a community drum circle, free samples from Broadway’s local restaurants, and activities for residents of all ages.
Mayor Curtatone kicked off the Carnaval.The FossFest stage at Foss Park offered music by Christopher Jenkins, Son del Sol, All of the Animals, The Novel Ideas and Barricades. The Open Air Circus was also in attendance, along with henna tattoo artists, craft vendors, and face painters.
The rescheduled Shape Up Somerville/Recreation Road Race took place before the Carnaval parade.


1 Response » to “Somerstreets kicks off with ‘Carnaval’”

  1. Carrie Dancy says:

    East Somerville Main Streets was proud to partner with the City of Somerville and with the Foss Fest in kicking off the City’s five-part SomerStreets series. It’s this type of innovative event that makes our city what it is, and we were honored to have the opportunity to partner in this.

    Carnaval @ SomerStreets was a celebration of Eastern Somerville and everything that makes it unique. And for East Somerville Main Streets it was an amazing opportunity to showcase what makes the East Broadway Business District a destination. More than 35 of our local businesses came together to sponsor the event and participate. East Somerville businesses rolled out the red carpet for the community: Patsy’s Pastries offered free airbrush tattoos and their famous cookies, Broadway Babies did mask-making with kids, Louie’s Ice Cream offered balloon animals and face painting. And those were just a few examples of the community spirit of this event. It was a very proud day for East Somerville.

    We’d like to acknowledge the Mayor for his leadership in bringing Open Streets events to Somerville, as well as all of the sponsoring local businesses that made the event possible: Alexia & Co. – Amigos Market* – Ana Style USA* – Blanca’s Bakery – Boston Spine Clinics* – Broadway Babies* – Capital Brasil – Cubby Oil* – DaMata Hair Design – Dean’s Concessions* – Fasika* – Gauchao* – Healthy Life – Instant Shoe Repair – Kelvin Graf Studios* Lopesa Services* – Los Paisanos* – Louie’s Ice Cream* – Lux Hair Design – Maya Sol Mexican Grill* – Mt. Vernon Resuarant*- Mudflat* – Neusa’s Decorations* – Pastelaria Vitoria Broadway – Patsy’s Pastry Shop* – Premium Financial Services – Ola Gifts Café* – Rodizio Brasilian Steakhouse* – Shaddai* – Sullivan Square Liquors* -Super Dollar Plus – Taco Loco* – Tapatio* – Tony’s Foodland* – Vinny’s.

    Finally a thanks to FossFest (and David Salat) the other partner on Carnaval @ SomerStreets for their great work in bringing Foss Park to life for the event.

    Hope that even more folks join us next year and join in for the rest of the events to come this summer:

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