The Washington Post
The D.C. Funk Parade started as an anything-goes parade and celebration of U Street, with marching bands and conga lines and costumed dancers banging pots and pans. Before and after the parade, there were performances on outdoor stages and late-night parties at neighborhood clubs. This year, though, the parade itself is on ice, and no streets will be closed to traffic. (Organizers the Musicianship announced earlier this year that the event is changing its name to the D.C. Funk Festival in 2023.) The Day Festival, originally scheduled for May 7 but postponed due to bad weather, features 18 artists, topped by go-go bounce beat trailblazers Critical Condition Band (CCB) and the Naptown Brass Band. The focus is on four “activation areas” with music and dancing along the heart of U Street: the main stage at the African American Civil War Memorial at Vermont and U, a “soul station” with additional artists at Lee’s Flower Shop at 11th and U, a community corner with hands-on activities and a farmers market at the Reeves Center at 14th and U, and “Brews and Beats” with DJS and craft beer at Right Proper Brewing near Sixth and T streets. And if you didn’t get enough funk during the festival, an after-party begins at 5 p.m. at the Brixton.
When: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Various sites along the U Street corridor. A map and schedule are available on funkparade.com. Admission: Free.