Saturday, May 3, 2014

Funk Parade is a celebration of what makes U Street great, what makes Washington DC great, what makes being alive such a groove. ‘Cause everybody’s got a little light under the sun.

It’s a one-of-a-kind day fair, parade and music festival for the U Street neighborhood, on May 3, 2014, the 211th anniversary of the city’s incorporation.

The Funk Parade Day Fair (noon-5): The neighborhood teems with music and performance, artists and vendors, food and art, workshops and spontaneous acts of soul.

The Mighty Funk Parade (5-7): The main event! Imagine a gyrating horde of dancers, a marching band behind them, and a drum corps. Hear beat-boxers and junkyard drummers, see pot-bangers and clappers and kids on their parents’ shoulders. Horn players wander in and out of the crowd, neighbors come out of their homes to join the procession. A thunderous syncopated army of groove, winding its way through the neighborhood, calling the city to the funk.

The Funk Parade Music Festival (7-10): Grooves from all corners of the human soul play in venues on and around U Street. The sounds of the city’s best acts call from every doorway.

One day, one spirit, one celebration of funk: the subatomic particle of love.

The Funk Parade — free your mind and your city will follow!


U Street

U Street’s musical heritage is stronger than ever.  With over two dozen live music venues and some of the best dancing in the city, U Street is indisputably the live music hub of Washington, DC.

Funk Parade honors that tradition.  It’s supported by community leaders, musicians, artists, and over 70 local groups and businesses, including some of the neighborhood’s best music venues.  And it wants to you join it, too!



April 8, 2014

Immediately following the Funk Parade on Saturday, May 3, over a dozen local music venues will be opening up their doors for FREE between 7-10pm for a night of music and celebration! Venues and artists are listed below, all updates will be posted here:U Street Music Hall: Sugar Bear & EU, Nappy RiddemTropicalia: Cheick Hamala Diabate, Backbeat Underground, Joe Keyes... More

Vendor Deadline Extended - April 9

April 6, 2014

We’ve extended the deadline for vendor applications to April 9 - so there’s no excuse to miss the awesomeness!  Come share your good stuff with the world. HOW TO APPLY: CLICK HERE!  RIGHT HERE! WHO: Vendors of arts, crafts, vintageness, clothing, packaged food, jewelry, other things unique, local, great. WHAT: Funk Parade Day Fair WHEN: Saturday, May 3,... More

"Flash Mop" + Funk Parade = Awesome!

April 3, 2014

Funk Parade is super-excited to announce a partnership with a great new civic group, Flash Mop! Flash Mop is a lean, mean, pop-up civic cleaning machine — an all-volunteer force that appears out of nowhere after public events to sweep up and boogie and have a great time. Flash Mop will appear in the aftermath of the Funk Parade, to keep the music and dance going while... More


March 26, 2014

The DC Department of Funk announced today the first set of U Street neighborhood venues who will be hosting the DC Funk Parade Music Festival, planned for May 3, 2014. While more will be announced in the coming weeks, the beginning line-up includes: • U Street Music Hall (1115 U St NW) • Tropicalia (2001 14th St. NW) • Solly’s (1942 11th St. NW) • DC9 (1940 9th... More



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