2016 FUNK PARADE ROLLS OUT CROWDFUNDING INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN

A One-of-a-Kind Bicycle, Bells and a Dopaliscious Dinner are on the Menu

WASHINGTON, DC [March 15, 2016] – The Department of Funk rolled out its third annual Indiegogo campaign in hopes of raising $15,000 for the day festival, parade and nearly 150 hours of music, dance and art programming. All proceeds are critical to supporting the infrastructure of the festival as 70,000 attendees are expected for this year’s event on Saturday, May 7.

Funky perks come with all levels of donations. This year, Funk Parade was fortunate to secure some amazing rewards. Highlights include:

  • One (1) $5,000 Mega Funk High Roller featuring a custom Funk Parade Riide x Special Edition Bike, a Marshall Kilburn portable Bluetooth speaker, a limited edition Chrome X Funk Parade bag, and primo swag including Funk Parade T- Shirt, sticker, magnet and flash tattoo. (Local DC only.)

  • Five (5) $150 Roll Your Funk packages featuring a complete Bike Tune-Up from BicycleSPACE and a Custom Funk Parade Bike Bell. (Local DC only.)

  • Ten (10) $125 “Chocolate City” Dinner Tickets, each $125 donation will receive one ticket to join renowned D.C. Chef Brent Hughes for his multi-course dining experience, Dopaliscious, on June 5th. Chef Hughes uses music to inspire his menus, and this dinner will be inspired by P-Funk’s album, Chocolate City.

  • Unlimited $85 Funk Parader packages featuring a quality 100% cotton Funk Parade T-Shirt, Funk Parade Fridge Magnet, a 4” Funk Parade patch for your backpack or denim jacket, a gold Flash Tattoo, and a premium Funk Parade sticker.

    To view all the perks or to donate, please go to:

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3rd-annual-funk-parade#/ 

Funk Parade Unveils 2016 Plans

WASHINGTON, DC [MARCH 14, 2016] – THE D.C. DEPARTMENT OF FUNK UNVEILED DETAILS OF THIS YEAR’S FUNK PARADE, INCLUDING THE POSTER ART, THEME, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, MAJOR ART ACTIVATIONS

 

Funk Parade -- DC’s one-of-a-kind day fair, parade and music festival -- takes place on Saturday, May 7. This year’s theme is “ROLL YOUR FUNK,” highlighting the city’s roller-skating heyday, its current cycling culture, skateboarding and more.

Funk Department officials said this year’s Funk Parade is expected to draw over 70,000 residents to the U Street neighborhood to enjoy over 150 hours of music and dance programming, along with interactive art activations like:

  • A roller-skating salute to DC of the 1970s

  • Phone booths that connect participants to the city’s past and future

  • A song for DC made from sounds submitted online by Washingtonians

    “Engaging attendees in the day’s experiences has always been central to the event,” said Justin Rood, Funk Parade co-founder. “This isn’t a spectacle to watch, it’s a celebration to join.” But as Funk Parade’s popularity has grown -- doubling from 25,000 attendees in 2014 to 50,000 last year -- the need to invite participation from attendees became even more important. “Bring your spirit, bring your funk. Join the parade!” Said Chris Naoum, event co-founder.

    The parade is participatory, and all are encouraged to join in, Department officials stressed. “Bring your funk and put it all out on the street. It’s what Funk Parade is all about.”

    All events are free and open to the public. More details -- including band lineups, locations, and the parade route -- will be released in the coming days.