DC Caribbean Festival to Take Place in Baltimore

Photo by PoPville flickr user rjs1322

You can read previous coverage about the festival here.

From a press release:

D.C. CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL, INC. (DCCC) has modified its program for the 20th Annual DC CARNIVAL™ in

On the weekend of June 23-24, 2012, DCCC will showcase the Annual Pan Jam, featuring local Steelbands and the Annual Dimanche Gras featuring the judging of costumes and live entertainment at the Crossroads Entertainment Complex, 4103 Baltimore Avenue Bladensburg, Maryland from 3:00 p.m. Admittance is $15.00/adult, children 12 years and under $5.00.

On the weekend of July 13 -15, 2012, DCCC has accepted an invitation to join the Caribbean American Carnival Association of Baltimore (CACAB) in their Annual Caribbean Carnival/Festival, at Lake Clifton Park, Baltimore, MD 21218 for a “Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival ” celebration!

On Saturday July 14, 2012, the Parade starts at 12:00 Noon at 900 E 33rd Street, travels along Alameda Street to St. Lo Drive. The Festival continues at Lake Clifton Park until 10:00 pm; $10 entrance fee. On Sunday July 15, 2012 the Festival continues from 12:00 Noon to 9:00 pm featuring Intl. Entertainment, sponsors and food and crafts vendors; $15.00 entrance fee.

For additional information contact CACAB @ 410-362-2957 or DCCC @ 202-670-4835 or visit www.DCCARNIVAL.ORG

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  • Oh, thank god thats final now and we don’t have to wait till the last minute to see if the city capitulates to the sleeze artist organizers yet again.

    B-More…you are welcome to it. Please keep it.

  • What’s the over/under on the body count? I’m going with two nonlethal stabbings and a purse snatching.


  • I wonder if Baltimore knows they don’t pay their bills.

  • This will work out for everybody. Hooray!

  • This is not in Baltimore. This is on Baltimore _Avenue_ in Bladensburg, Maryland.

  • What a relief!

  • The entrance fee is a new twist. Hope all goes well for them, but I won’t miss this one bit.

  • Baltimore city council due diligence fail.

  • Don’t worry, McNulty, Carver, Lt. Daniels, Kima and the crew have this one handled.

  • Should we warn Baltimore? Nah. Wonder what lucky city will get to host in 2013?

  • Well, looks like they’ll just make it a traveling road (or s%*#) show stiffing each city along the way!

  • Maybe the entrance fees for the music/costumes portion in late June and for the non-parade part in mid-July will create some revenue that DCCC can use to pay the money they owe D.C.

    For the mid-July event, it looks like DCCC is teaming up with its Baltimore counterpart. Hmm, I wonder how the two will split the proceeds from the event?

  • This is a good outcome. Those who love the festival can enjoy it and DC can avoid going further into the hole with the promoters.

  • As a former Baltimore resident (born and raised), the area where they are holding the festival is not the best. Just stating facts. However, I hope the event is a success there, and that there are no issues resulting from people trying to cause chaos and incivility.


  • gotryit

    Good. It’s not like they were actually going to do a good job here anyway.

  • I will definitely attend it in Baltimore, but this does not bode well for DC. DC is getting quite boring…

    • If “boring” means not subsidizing a poorly managed and policed festival, then most DC residents will take it. Enjoy the festival in Baltimore.

      • Hopefully we can get another food truck fest or more places that sell craft beer and farm to table food! I like some of those places, but diversity is the spice of life. DC is quickly becoming monolithic and boring.

        Also, don’t respond to my posts.

        • When we have a real craft beer festival, I’ll be sure to let you know. Until then, relax, dude.

        • I think how H St Landlord is decrying the very things that contributed to the redevelopment of that same strip. The Carribbean Festival isn’t gutting those burned out shells. A white guy who owns The Big Hunt is responsible for that.

        • Actually, DC is becoming more diverse than ever. But it’s clear you’re the type of white guy for whom diversity = more people of color, not, you know, actual DIVERSITY.

          • Huh? You know my race now? Attack the argument not the person. I could throw assumptions about how you sound like an entitled (blank) but I prefer to discuss the issues.

            Do you think entertainment venues and cultural options are becoming more monolithic or not? I love DC Carnival, have attended carnival in T&T several times and frequently go to Mardi Gras. These kind of events don’t grow on trees (and the DC is attended by tons of folks from the Caribbean) and it is, in my opinion, a big loss for DC. The negativity expressed in this and past threads is disturbing to me, especially when the chief of police said the serious violence was not related to the fest. But I guess POPville knows more than the chief of police now.

        • Then please don’t post.

          • Lol, that was directed at “theheights” because he/she followed me all around the last thread, commenting on everything I said. Was kind of disturbing. It’s all good though, I chuckled at their post above.

      • You are so wrong about this. I would bet money you dont live in the nighborhood that was stuck with this festival. I for one will not miss it.

        The neighborhood has no strong ties to the Caribbean – not today at least. Nothing but trouble and more trouble have followed that mess of a festival for almost 2 decades…

        It is about time they go somewhere they can afford, that can host a crowd that size, and actually they can contribute to their “caribbean” community -rather than just get waisted, shot, and stab fellow participants.

        Despite the “all seeing eye” of the capitan, unrealted means nothing considering it took place that day, in the mess just a few blocks of the parade route…

        Don’t be so naive.

  • Wondering why so many commenters are so negative about this? As a Georgia Ave resident, this parade music and noise shakes my house and terrorizes my cats, so I tend to leave early in the morning when I know it is coming :). I don’t have anything against them having a parade, I simply don’t choose to participate. I certainly understand the costs/police/crime/safety issues etc, but it seems like a lot of commenters here are very negative and I was wondering why people are so happy it’s leaving.

    Would appreciate a civil, non-hyperbolic discussion, I am genuinely interested in keeping a community vibrant, interesting, and eclectic. But do also feel that this parade tends to be large club speakers mounted onto 18 wheelers that roll down GA Ave, and cause hairline cracks in my foundation… :).

    • gotryit

      For me it’s the police / crime / safety issues, not the cost. I’d be happy to put my tax money toward an event like this if it would be well run.

      The response from the organizers and supporters to last year’s violence was “not related – not us!”, rather than recognizing that the whole day (and night) is an event for us in the nieghborhood, not just the parade. And there are crime / safety issues the whole day / night.

      Have fun baltimore.

      • You can blame the organizers for poor organization and not paying their bills. You can’t blame them for who shows up at the parade – which is held in a public space – or whether and how the police patrol the parade. 99% of last year’s parade was great. There were a couple of ugly, violent incidents involving a small number of the 10’s or 100’s of thousands of people who came out for it. Reasonable people can debate whether a couple of bad incidents warrant canceling the whole parade. I suspect that DC’s decision not to hold the parade here this year has more to do with the organizers and their reported delinquency in paying their bills than with a reaction to the bad incidents that happened last year.

        • gotryit

          I don’t blame the organizers for the crime. I only blame the criminals.

          But if the organizers want my support for their parade in our neighborhood, then they do need to help us address the full impact to the neighborhood. That can be done with our (taxpayer) money to support the parade, but it still is a key part of their plans.

        • +1 Marcus

        • Re. “You can’t blame [the organizers] for . . . whether and how the police patrol the parade”:

          My understanding had been (and seems to be corroborated by Identified’s post below) was that the organization putting on the parade was responsible for paying for the extra police presence.


          • gotryit

            I think the city only held them responsible for police presence during the parade and at their event, not the ensuing afterparty in the neighborhoods around the parade route.

    • Perhaps you missed the murder, street fights, and stabbings of last year. Good thing you left when you did.

      • Yeah, I read about it and was pretty appalled by that. Not excusing it, but it is a big event. And there are always going to be some bad apples. So, yes, I get that they need some additional security, and that someone should foot the bill for that (since our police don’t work for free), which of course comes back to really more of a $ issue.

        Pardon the ignorance about how parades like this are funded and managed, but is a parade of this size much different from the gay pride parade in Dupont, or the St. Patrick’s Day Parade? Is it just not planned or funded as well? Is it that the event planners have to get money, permits, city backing, funding all that, and that the coordinators of this didn’t do as good of a job for the size and participation of this parade?

        Thanks for the responses!

        • gotryit

          The other parades don’t run through active gang territory. Do you really think that the shooters could have (or would have) chased eachother around the other parades flashing guns?

          • Of course, it’s not just an issue of the territory the parade travels through.

            I don’t think that gang members or people likely to get shooty-stabby are drawn to a gay pride parade, and everyone knows that. Therefore, the event itself does matter, and the Carib. Fest. event draws people into being shooty-stabby.

        • On Pride: Back in the day, the parade and festival were on the same day (sunday) and the parade went from P St beach in Dupont, around to 17th, then all the way down to Penn Ave. and as the parade went past, you joined in at the end and walked into the festival. it was neato.

          But the cost of that did get to be too expensive (it was a very long route) so the parade route was shortened and split off from the festival.

          The pride parade/street festival is well funded – by corporations / businesses and some of the parties. And there is a fee to be in the parade as well. Gay Pride is very well organized – as is Black Pride.

          And back in the day, Pride ran through “active gang territory”, and there were security/assault/stabbing issues with non-pride participants… which was another reason the route was shortened – payng for the extra police was cost-prohibitive.

          If the Carib fest was better organized, they would still be here. Haters gonna hate (and on this issue, there is a huge amount), but it really comes down to the organizers could not organize.

    • saf

      “this parade music and noise shakes my house” And the cops block my street. And many of the attendees make large messes and a great deal of noise on my block.

      Much of that noise is rude and the messes are revolting.

  • this is the exact opposite of what you’d get if your city was awarded the Olympics

  • This is great news to hear! The Caribbean Carnival became too large for Georgia Avenue, NW. They should have taken it to PG County, Maryland or Virginia. Most of the people that attended this festival lived outside D.C. and they are not D.C. residents and taxpayers. The old Capital Center area in Largo would be great to have a Caribbean Carnival.

  • Sorry to see this happen. The parade was an increasingly rare sign of spontaneous cultural vibrancy and life in DC. Pretty soon, Black folks are going to need pass cards to even walk around in “your” neighborhoods.

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