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Caribbean parade draws dancers, mayoral hopefuls

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As the sun shone overheard 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 candidate 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 country.

Boston police officers and State Police troopers maintained a heavy and highly visible presence. Several reports emerged throughout the day of shootings and stabbings in neighborhoods around the carnival, though it was not immediately clear if those were linked to the festivities.

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