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Historically, Carnivals around the world preced lent (February/March) as a last opportunity for people to partake meat, alcohol and frivolous behavior before the six week abstaining season that ends in Easter Sunday. In the Boston edition, Jouvert takes place during the last weekend of August. 2013 ×
Historically, Carnivals around the world preced lent (February/March) as a last opportunity for people to partake meat, alcohol and frivolous behavior before the six week abstaining season that ends in Easter Sunday. In the Boston edition, Jouvert takes place during the last weekend of August. 2013 ×
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The celebration is also a space where Carnival and puritanical New England Boston values clash, with the city trying to reign in over the spontaneous nature of the event. 2014

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The celebration is also a space where Carnival and puritanical New England Boston values clash, with the city trying to reign in over the spontaneous nature of the event. 2014

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The event is irreverent and chaotic like nothing seen in Boston. People covered in paint, live steel band music and black painted devils (Jab Jab) walk down Blue Hill Ave, starting at 6 am transforming Blue Hill Ave from a commercial to a giant party. 2014

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The event is irreverent and chaotic like nothing seen in Boston. People covered in paint, live steel band music and black painted devils (Jab Jab) walk down Blue Hill Ave, starting at 6 am transforming Blue Hill Ave from a commercial to a giant party. 2014

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Two woman enjoying the parade. 2013

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Two woman enjoying the parade. 2013

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Jouvert in Boston (in progress)


Every August, the Caribbean diaspora gathers in Dorchester, MA to participate in Jouvert, a morning celebration which opens the Boston Caribbean Carnival. The word Jouvert results from the contraction of the french words for ‘dawn’, Jour Ouvert. The event was brought by the caribbean immigration that has established in Dorchester and surrounding areas of Boston in the last few decades. Revelers gather at 5:30 am to parade down Blue Hill Avenue toward Franklin Park, with steel bands, people dressed up as demons, dancers and pranksters. 

 

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