A lit­tle rain fails to dampen mayor’s day at Funk Pa­rade

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - THE RE­GION BY MARTIN WEIL martin.weil@wash­post.com

A lit­tle rain can­not stop the District’s an­nual Funk Pa­rade, it was re­vealed on Satur­day.

In af­fir­ma­tion of this prin­ci­ple, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), in a red base­ball cap with a curly “W” on it, waved, strolled and saun­tered along the U Street NW cor­ri­dor at the head of a con­tin­gent of marchers.

Dis­ap­point­ing as the weather may have seemed to pa­rade-fanciers, it was noth­ing com­pared to Fri­day, when Washington had its raini­est day of the year. That de­ter­mi­na­tion was based on the 1.75 inches mea­sured at Rea­gan Na­tional Air­port.

Fri­day also saw a tor­nado touch­down in Dahlgren, Va., where cars were flipped on a Navy in­stal­la­tion about 50 miles south of Washington.

Skies were gray Satur­day, and the af­ter­noon a bit chilly, but con­di­tions were far bet­ter than Fri­day for those at the Funk Pa­rade.

‘‘I thought it was a fun time,” said Matt Far­rauto. Yes, he said, he did “wish the weather had been more co­op­er­a­tive.”

But he added, “there was a con­vivial spirit and sense of ca­ma­raderie.”

Christina David­son, who lives in Adams Mor­gan, had also wor­ried about the rain.

But she said, the Funk event was perfect. The “turnout was amaz­ing,” she said and the “en­ergy was in­cred­i­ble.”

To those who may have de­cided that con­di­tions were ripe for an in­door af­ter­noon, the mayor of­fered a kind of chal­lenge.

“We’re out here,” the mayor tweeted, to any stay-at-home con­stituents. “Are you?”

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