When Donna Thomas first began working at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church carnival more than 50 years ago, the parish was predominantly German, catering to East Baltimore’s large population of German-speaking Catholics.
Over the years, the church has become home to Spanish-speaking immigrants from various parts of Latin America.
Today, “we’re a bilingual parish,” said Thomas on Tuesday, the first night of the 90th annual carnival at the Catholic church in Highlandtown. The carnival extends through this weekend.
The church’s bilingual approach extends to the carnival food. Maryland staples such as coddies and crab cakes are still...