FUNK PARADE RETURNS MAY 11TH: Annual Funk Parade Returns with New Leadership, Acts & Wristband Portal!

WASHINGTON, DC [April 4, 2019] – Funk Parade season is upon us.  The official theme for the entire 2019 Festival is “Keepin’ The Funk Alive.”  The theme is a celebration of the restored vision and commitment of The MusicianShip to grow the festival into the future, building a bridge to connect our city’s youngest up-and-coming artists and musicians, to DC’s musical history, culture, and its most talented musicians.  Funk Parade 2019 is happening Saturday May 11th. The Festival starts at 1:00pm, the Parade kicks off at 5:00pm and the Night Music Festival begins at 7:00pm.

Supporters can purchase $10 wristbands for the Night Music Festival, $20 wristbands for the Featured Showcase at the Historic Prince Hall Lodge, as well as wristbands to the Funk Parade Conference, happening the morning of Saturday May 11th. As always, supporters can purchase Funk Parade T-Shirts, merch, and more, which will also be available on the website soon.

Ten dollars gets Funk Parade supporters a wristband which will provide priority entry into the  the festival’s key evening music venues: Tropicalia, DC9, Ben’s Next Door, Sollys, Velvet Lounge, Archipelago, Local 16, Shaw, Bin 1301, Busboys & Poets, Marvin, Songbyrd Music House, Pearl Street Warehouse, Jo Jos, The Saloon and more to be announced.

Certain venues will be providing various discounts and perks for wristband holders.  Check back on the website and the wristband link in a couple of weeks to find out about these specials.

The wristband program is designed to create a more sustainable future for Funk Parade, with a model that can continue to pay artists fairly and sustain the music education mission of The MusicianShip.

Note: The Night Music Festival Wristband does not include entry to the Featured Showcase.

How To Get Your Wristbands
Funk Parade has partnered with Eventbrite to sell the wristbands. To buy yours, Click Wristbands will also be available the day of the festival (May 11th) at the Funk Parade Volunteer or Merch Tents at the Main Stage, HFA Lot and Industrial Bank Lot from 1:00pm – 7:00pm.  These supporter wristbands will also be on sale at official Funk Parade venues.

To redeem your pre-purchased wristbands, visit the Funk Parade Volunteer and Merch Tents during the hours of 1:00pm and 7:00pm on Saturday May 11th.

The 2019 Featured Showcase will be taking place at the Historic Prince Hall Lodge on the evening of May 11th.  Wristbands to the Featured Showcase will be $20 with proceeds benefiting The MusicianShip. Proceeds from the purchases of food and beverage at the Featured Showcase will benefit the Prince Hall Freemason & Eastern Star Charitable Foundation . The Featured Showcase lineup will be announced next week!  Get your tickets today!

Featured Showcase Wristband Link:

Featured Showcase Wristbands can be redeemed upon entry to the Prince Hall Lodge, 1000 U St NW Washington DC, starting at 7:00pm on Saturday May 11th.

For the first time ever Funk Parade will will be hosting a conference. On the morning of May 11th, Funk Parade supporters will have an opportunity to hear from influencers and subject matter experts on a myriad of topics, ranging from music, to social impact, to local happenings. Stay tuned for a line up of this year’s Funk Parade conference speakers.

Conference Wristbands Link:

For press inquiries, please contact Mercy Chikowore at, 803.347.6905.

About The MusicianShip

The MusicianShip was founded in 2009 by a passionate group of music enthusiasts who view music as a vehicle to change lives. Since its founding, it has garnered the support of internationally recognized musicians, and constantly works to engage people who are willing to serve a dual role as not only music educators, but also as mentors. The MusicianShip seeks to alter the life trajectory of our program participants, thereby creating a more vibrant, educated, empowered, and well-intentioned world. Its after-school and summer programs have reached thousands of DC youth. It has continued to grow its presence in the city with its recent acquisitions of the Washington Youth Choir and the Washington Area Music Awards (The Wammies). For more information, please visit, follow @TheMusicianShip on Twitter, and Like The MusicianShip on Facebook at:

About Funk Parade

Funk Parade is a one of a kind day fair, parade and music festival in Washington DC’s U Street Neighborhood happening on Saturday May 11th.  Funk Parade celebrates DC’s vibrant music and arts culture, and the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together. From our first year in 2014 to now, hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians from all corners of the District have come together for the Funk Parade. We are excited for you to grow the tradition of #KeepintheFunkAlive