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Boston Scenes 8-31-17 Carnival

Spectators and masqueraders mingle during Carnival.
Members of the Soca & Associates masquerade band dance on Warren Street during Boston’s Caribbean Carnival.
Costume jewelry completes the look.
Siletta Davis dances as the Socaholics queen.
A scorpion-themed costume underscores the venomous nature of the Socaholics 2017 theme.
Costume jewelry completes the look.
Mud-colored paint is a popular theme with some bands.
Members of a Haitian band use drums and improvised horns and percussion instruments.
Revelers of all ages celebrated Caribbean culture this past weekend in the best way they knew how: dancing in the streets and masquerading as whimsical characters. Locals and visitors to Boston set aside the previous weeks’ political frustrations and gathered together to blare soca music, show off their beaded, feathered and glittered costumes, and maybe even indulge in a few libations.