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Intro


70,000 PEOPLE.

U STREET.

SATURDAY, MAY 7.

 

Funk Parade is a one-of-a-kind day fair, parade and music festival, celebrating Washington DC's vibrant music and arts, the U Street neighborhood, and the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together.

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Intro


70,000 PEOPLE.

U STREET.

SATURDAY, MAY 7.

 

Funk Parade is a one-of-a-kind day fair, parade and music festival, celebrating Washington DC's vibrant music and arts, the U Street neighborhood, and the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together.

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Day Fair


 

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Day Fair


 

DAY FAIR 12 - 7

Industrial Bank North Lot hosted by One Love Massive

Facebook Event Page - https://www.facebook.com/events/836947726428506/

Live Art Mural by Asad ULTRA Walker and the KGB Collective
Street art and graffiti have existed in Washington DC for decades. In 1983, Krazy Graffiti Brothers, the first DC graffiti crew, was formed and has been creating beautiful public art ever since. For their 33rd anniversary, KGB will be creating a massive graffiti production during the awesome Funk Parade! Come down to U Street and see KGB members HKS 181, GATOR, JAZI and ULTRA collaborate on their own brand of funk.

The National Arena at the African American Civil War Memorial

Funk on 8th Performance Area hosted by JBG

Atlantic Plumbing Stage hosted by DC Music Download

T St Lot hosted by 7DL Studios & The Howard theatre

Join the 7DL Studio Pop Up and Day Party at the corner of 6th and T.  Bring an instrument, bring your costume and get ready to kick off the parade.

ART INSTALLATION

“Oral Histories/Oral Futures”
A series of 6 bright-colored telephone booths placed throughout the neighborhood. Inside each a telephone connects you to an oral history about U Street, or an “oral future” about what the neighborhood and city might be like 200 years in the future.  A collaboration of Funk Parade and DC artists Seshat Walker, Alex Braden and Erik Moe, supported by the DC Office of Planning.

DAYTIME DJ PARTIES AND OTHER EVENTS

  • 14th & U Farmers Market at the Reeves Center - 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl Costume Contest w/ Prizes - All Day Long
  • Nellie’s - Drag Brunch and DJ Party
  • Velvet Lounge - Daytime DJ Party
  • Amsterdam Lounge - Daytime DJ Party

Bike & Brew -  https://www.facebook.com/events/1702543433341217/
Come gear up for the Funk Parade at Bike & Brew, the pre-parade party that's not to be missed. We'll have Gold Sprints, raffles, a giant plinko board, good food, beer, new friends, new racing foes and prizes. Join your favorite DC Bike friends, The Bike Rack, Off Road & District Sprints for a day filled with Bike focused activities and get FUNKY with Funk Parades T Street highlights.  Right Proper will be offering beer out on the patio and sausage & pepper sandwiches on the grill. FREE Bike Valet for anyone staying for the day's activities.

 

CityFirst Bank presents the MA Winter Stage
hosted by Capital Bop

DCRE Performance Area at the Reeves Center

The DC Public Library Harrison Rec Family Funk Pavilion hosted by Words Beats & Life and DPR

The Harrison Rec field will be an area for the whole family to enjoy. The DC Public Library and Words Beats & Life will be activating the field. DCPL will host crafts games and and story time. WBL, will bring more games, painting, beat production classes, Chess, live music dance performances and more. The basketball court will be transformed into a public disco skate park with music from Axel F DJs as part of artist Holly Bass’s “Birth of the City” activation sponsored by the DC Office of Planning

Field Performance Area

 

  • 12:00 - 12:30        DC Parks and Rec Dancers
  • 12:30 - 1:00          The Drum Lady
  • 1:00 - 1:30            Princess Mhoon Academy
  • 1:30 - 2:00           The Go-Go Institute
  • 2:00 - 2:30          Library Reading from Stage
  • 2:30 - 4:00        WBL DJs
  • 5:00 - 7:00         Marching Band Showdown - Join The Musicianship and your other favorite marching bands for more excitement after the parade

In the Field

  • 12:00 - 1:00            Bubble Blowing
  • 1:00 - 2:00             Field Games: Frisbee and Hackie Sack
  • 2:00 - 3:00            Sack Racing, Three Legged Racess
  • 3:00 - 4:00            Kick Ball

Basketball Courts

  • 12:00 - 3:30   DCOP, DPR, Holly Bass|360 and Axel F present The Funk Parade Free Skate and Roller Disco Boogie Featuring DJs Adrian Loving, Jahsonic and Stylus

The Black Broadway Stage hosted by Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute

The Return of the Tap Wagon Soundsystem BierGarten sponsored by DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works and Sollys (1933 11th St NW)

  • 2:00 - 10:00     Brau Brothers DJs Bier Garden, Food and local DC vendors

Kennedy Center Finding A Line Pop Up at Shaw Skate Park

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts Walk of Fame Kickoff BBQ @ Garnet-Patterson

  • 12:00 - 4:00 BBQ and Performance    

Join us on May 7th as we kick off our annual fundraising event The Walk of Fame 2016. This year, we have been invited to join The Funk Parade where our very own Radical Elite Show Band will perform. The Funk Parade will attract new visitors to our school which will provide us an opportunity to engage new supporters. The Walk of Fame 2016 is scheduled for September 2016 with a BBQ and performances as well as exhibits from all 8 of our arts programs. This is a free event and will take place on Garnet-Patterson grounds. Bring your family and friends in support of our student and staff led Walk of Fame where we aim to raise major additional funding for our spectacular academic and arts curriculum.

Performances Include: Radical Elite Show Band Kickoff, Dance Performances, Theatre monologues and scenes, Show Choir & Concert Choir, R St Speaks Poets, String Virtuosi, Museum Studies & Visual Arts Exhibition

To find out more about the Walk of Fame and Support The Duke Ellington School of Arts Click HERE.

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Parade


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THE FUNK PARADE 4 - 5

Convenes at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW, will proceed to Lincoln Theater, 1215 U St. NW

Marching Bands and Performers include:

Eastern High School Marching Band

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Radical Elite Marching Band

Howard D Woodson Drum Line

Kingsman Academy Drum Line

Mo Lucas Community Band

Batala Washington

Vava United School of Samba

DC Royal Tigerettes

Nubian Spin

Urban Artistry

DC Wheels

Sound Bike DC

Free State Roller Derby

The Purple Rain & Wiz Mashup Krewe

Funk Parade Boombox App Brigade

& many more!

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Music Festival


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Music Festival


MUSIC FESTIVAL 7- 10

FREE TO THE PUBLIC (some venues 21+ to enter)

DC9

Amsterdam Lounge

Mulebone

Black Broadway on U Presents Echos of an Era with Carolyn Malachi:  Carolyn Malachi will perform with her band both her new music and a tribute to her great grandfather John Malachi of the DC Music History fame

Archipelago

Ben’s Next Door

Busboys & Poets

Flash Nightclub

 

FUNK PARADE AFTER PARTIES - 10pm - Late!

Black Cat Backstage (Cover $5)

  • Heavy Rotation Funk DJ Party

Tropicalia

Sponsors


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Sponsors


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Quote


“Funk Parade brought together Washingtonians of every imaginable sort to have a good time together. Black, white, young, old, men and women all reached out to one another, discovering that in fact we share being Washingtonians and we share a joy in being with one another.”

— Blair Ruble, Historian and author of U Street: A Biography

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“Funk Parade brought together Washingtonians of every imaginable sort to have a good time together. Black, white, young, old, men and women all reached out to one another, discovering that in fact we share being Washingtonians and we share a joy in being with one another.”

— Blair Ruble, Historian and author of U Street: A Biography

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Photo credits


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Photo credits


Find Funk Parade across social media: Facebook Twitter Instagram

PHOTO CREDITS

Hula hooping woman: Miki J.

Parade: Sean K.

See-I at U Street Music Hall: Lisa A. Walker

Woman in venue: Elvert Barnes

Instagram: Miki J.

Fisheye Funk Parade: AJ Glover

Dancing to Los Empresarios: angela n.

Box Bot: Miki J.

Funk Parade Photo Coordinator: Jeffrey Morris