Monday, February 24, 2014

Funk Parade Planned for May 3

A growing group of businesses, civic leaders, and local organizations are coming together to organize & support a funk parade and music showcase in early May. The Funk Parade is scheduled to happen on or around U Street NW on Saturday May 3, 2014. The parade is actually one part of three: a street fair, the parade, and musical performances. 

These things of course require a bit of funding, and the organizers are throwing a kickoff party to do just that. This fundraiser/show will be held at Liv on March 13. Good luck to everyone involved. Sounds like a cool idea!

For more information on the Funk Parade visit their neat website.

From the organizers:

Parade, Street Fair and Music Festival to Celebrate Spirit of Funk, DC’s Birthday

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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.

“Bringing people together in the spirit of music and celebration is part of what makes the U Street neighborhood a crown jewel of the city,” said D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1).  “I'm proud to support this unique event.”

Funk Parade is supported by a broad group of leaders, businesses and community groups, from Councilmember Graham, Ben’s Chili Bowl and the Howard Theater to ANC 1B, U Street Music Hall, the Brixton, Bohemian Caverns, Blind Dog Cafe, Twins Jazz, WJLA Channel 7 and dozens more. For a full list of supporters, click here.

The event is co-sponsored by Listen Local First, an organization which partners with hundreds of local musicians and businesses to create new new avenues for local music exploration.

For more news, including announcements of band lineups, participating artists, sponsors and more, follow Funk Parade on Twitter at @FunkParade or go to

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