Funk – Parade, Street Fair and Music Festival Coming to U Street in May

by Prince Of Petworth January 29, 2014 at 10:30 am 16 Comments

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From a press release:

“A group of over 70 local businesses, civic leaders and neighborhood organizations today announced plans for the first-ever Funk Parade in the U Street neighborhood on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

The planned event has three parts: a street fair by day, the mighty Funk Parade in the afternoon, and a music festival in the evening. The events will be rich in music and art, and will honor both the neighborhood and the spirit of funk, “the subatomic particle of love,” which brings people together and makes them feel all right. The date, May 3, is the 211th anniversary of the District’s incorporation.

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Their website says:

“The Funk Parade street fair (noon-5): The neighborhood teems with music and performance, artists and vendors, food and art, workshops and spontaneous acts of soul.

The mighty Funk Parade (5-7): The main event! Imagine a gyrating horde of dancers, a marching band behind them, and a drum corps. Hear beat-boxers and junkyard drummers, see pot-bangers and clappers and kids on their parents’ shoulders. Horn players wander in and out of the crowd, neighbors come out of their homes to join the procession. A thunderous syncopated army of groove, winding its way through the neighborhood, calling the city to the funk.

The Funk Parade music festival (7- ): Grooves from all corners of the human soul play in venues on and around U Street. The sounds of the city’s best acts call from every doorway.”

  • Anonymous

    So, this is the Caribbean festival on u street?

    • Anony

      Hopefully they pay their bills

  • ash

    This sounds awesome and I’m super excited for it!

  • Anonymous

    Holy balls, this will be so awesome

  • Anonymous

    This sounds very very cool. DC needs more events like this!

  • Anonymous

    I also like that they’re doing this in early May. There are tons of festivals and parades in the summer and fall, so it’s nice to have a big outdoor event earlier. Could be really great weather for it too.

  • anon
  • I can’t wait for the funk parade! Hopefully Howard’s band will march!

  • Anonymous

    “spontaneous acts of soul.” Can’t wait…

  • “a gyrating horde of dancers” – watch out – this got the Israelites banished for 40 years in the desert.

  • Anonymous

    This is going to be one of three things: Really awesome, really lame, or really stabby.

  • Anonymous

    This is the first Saturday in May which is also the Kentucky Derby. Add a lot more well dressed partying drunks to this mix. i

  • Anonymous

    Could be good! I’ll definitely plan to do the street fair part…. and then see how the vibe is for the rest of it.

  • Anonymous

    Please, please, please bring out the P FUNK MOTHERSHIP!!!!

    It is at the Smithsonian!!!


  • theheights

    Is this when swagger jacking jumps the shark?

    • Anonymous

      U Street jumped the shark years ago.


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