We are excited and grateful to announce that the 5th Annual Funk Parade will happen Saturday, May 12, after last-minute fundraising raised over $60,000 in just a few weeks.
On March 6 we announced the event was unlikely to take place because of a massive budget shortfall.
“Funk Parade has always been an event by and for the people of the city to celebrate what we love about D.C.,” said event co-founder Justin Rood. “Everyone who enjoys this event is grateful to Mayor Bowser, to the hundreds of individual donors and the dozens of local businesses who are making this possible.”
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser pledged an additional $25,000, which organizers said was essential to make the event happen this year. Residents have given over $20,000 in crowdfunding support the event, as well. Sponsorships from local businesses including Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center, plus a commitment from the ridesharing service Uber, made up the rest.
“We are bringing the funk,” said DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. “The Funk Parade is a staple of our community, exemplifies the creative passion that exists across all eight wards, and we are proud to support it.”
Including this commitment from Mayor Bowser, this year's event has received support from Events DC and city agencies including DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment.
“As the face of conventions, sports, entertainment and cultural events within the nation’s capital, Events DC is proud to support the Funk Parade and all the homegrown musicians who use this platform to showcase their talent,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, Events DC president and chief executive officer. “Supporting the Funk Parade as well as the many signature festivals within our nation’s capital support Events DC’s mission to enhance our diverse creative economy, foster our entertainment scene and promote talented artists across the many iconic venues within the District.”
As in past years, 2018’s event will feature not only the mighty Funk Parade but also a Day Fair of free performances throughout the U Street and Shaw neighborhoods. An evening music festival in over a dozen venues will follow, along with a ticketed showcase concert at the historic Lincoln Theater on U Street, featuring some of the best music talent in the District.
More announcements, including lineups, ticketing and more, will be made soon.
photo courtesy of Kevin Wolf.