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The art behind Baltimore's ever-colorful Caribbean Carnival parade
The art behind Baltimore's ever-colorful Caribbean Carnival parade

It's just one of about 100 costumes that band leader Kenley Shortmus John of Baltimore makes from scratch each year, when his designs will be showcased in the annual Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival, held this weekend. "My costumes symbolize the beauty of life in the tropics," says John, the founder and leader of Caribbean Tropical Expressions, one of 15 bands that will participate in the parade that is the festival's centerpiece. "My costumes are an expression of ... our cultural heritage. It tells the story of who we are and where we're from." The costume, which will be navigated by 17-year-old Baltimore resident Semaj James, isn't...

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