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This Saturday, May 3rd, celebrate with the Funk Parade, a street fair, parade, and music festival. There is going to be A LOT going on, so choose wisely. To help you out, here’s a cheat sheet. Also, the Funk Parade team is still looking for volunteers, so sign up!



M.A. Winter Performance area presented by Capital Bop – 1436 U Street NW, 12pm to 5pm

Program Line Up & Details: CapitalBop presents two of the city’s most energizing improvisers, right in the cradle of D.C. jazz. The styles of Donvonte McCoy and Quincy Phillips (who’s just back from a world tour with Roy Hargrove) show the influence of classic bebop, ’90s hip-hop, gospel and so much else.

Sponsors include Yelp! (giveaways and swag), DestinationDC (learn about the awesome events and business in your community), and BicycleSpaceDC (raffles, info classes, Boombotix).

Music not enough?  Need some food? Local vendors include District Doughnut, Curvy Chix Chariot, Banana Love Muffins, Cherry Blossom Creative, Unitees. City First Bank will paint your kids faces on their front steps.


The Funk Parade Reeves Center Performance Area – 14th St & U St NW, 1pm to 4:30pm

Program Line Up & Details:

  • 8:00 – 1:00 – 14th & U Street Farmers Market
  • 1:00 – 1:45 – Howard U Step Performers & Dancers
  • 1:45 – 3:15 – Kennedy Center Street Performers, Derek McAlister, Evan Young & more
  • 3:15 – 3:30 – Fashion Flash Mob & Street Fashion Show – Lettie Gooch, Junction Vintage, & District Affiliates
  • 3:30 – 4:00 – Batala Drummers

ALSO, DC Bike Party’s Sound Bike will be providing Funky Beats for the people all afternoon and collaborating with Musx on the Musx Live Jukebox.

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Sponsors & community partners include Hail0 (music, free promo codes, learn about Hailo community partnerships & more), GoodShuffle (new membership and community booth), MusX (check out Live App Demos & MUSX live jukebox), Hope Foundation, ANC, Safe Access DC, Marc Morgan (meet the At-Large DC Council candidate), Thurgood Marshall Center (raffles, games & giveaways), Headcount (register to vote & win Sweetlife tickets), and Think Local First

Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute presents: “The Return of Black Broadway” at the Duke Ellington Stage – 13th St & U St NW (by &Pizza), 12pm to 5pm

Program Line Up & Details:

Industrial Bank Family Performance area presented by Words Beats & Life – 2001 11th St NW, 12pm to 5pm

Program Line Up & Details

Sponsors & community partners include Industrial Bank and Relay Foods (grab bags & discounts).

Vendors include sPACYcLOUd, Capital Candy Jar, Pichardo Boutique, Andrew Lisi, Enterprise CarShare, Roxanne’s ARTiques, DC DYES, Capital City, and Plush Beautybox.

Lee’s Flower Shop and Industrial Bank South Performance Area presented by Urban Artistry – 1929 11th St NW, 12pm to 5pm

Program Line Up & Details: Live artists will be painting murals on the One Love Massive bus, while Urban Artistry and Alliance Francaise provides street shows and dance instruction.

Vendors include Simon Vintage, Art by Nathan Seay & Brayden Hooper, Sandi Galle Photography, Goshmob/Noondance, Finder’s Keepers Vintage, Todacouture

African American Civil War Memorial Museum Performance Area – 10th & U St NW, 12pm to 5pm

Program Line Up & Details:

Sponsors & community partners include Bank of Georgetown (giveaways), Chuck Levin’s, WPFW (meet your favorite local radio personalities, ZipCarDC (community registration with discounts and swag), DC Vote (register to vote), Work It! Studio (free demo & sample class instruction all day), WeWantTheFunk (fun foam fingers & Funk paraphernalia, DC Legendary Musicians, and 7DrumLessons

U Street Flea Funk Parade Market – 9 ½ St & U St NW, 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Program Line Up & Details: Live Performance by Brass Connection!

District Flea Funk Parade Market – 945 Florida Ave, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Program Line Up & Details: Live Brass Performances from Yamomanem, Kennedy Center Street Performers, & additional guests.

Activities: Vendors will be providing food all day. Also, there is the only outdoor Beer Garden for Funk Parade Festival goers.

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Den of Thieves Vinyl Lounge – 2005 14th St. NW, 12pm to 5pm

The Vinyl District presents The Electric Cowbell Sound System at Den of Thieves (Funk Parade Edition). All vinyl sets by some of Washington DC’s most eclectic, global groove thumpers.

  • 12PM: DJ Crown Vic.
  • 1PM: DJ Steven Swann
  • 2PM: Sir Ramases
  • 3PM: YALLA.
  • 4PM: Nucleus Bros.

Do you love science?

Tech Embassy – Affinity Labs, 920 U St. NW, 11am to  3pm

Think of The Tech Embassy as a science fair, only you get to help make some of the experiments happen, right there in person — no matter how much, or how little, you know about “tech.” Stop by to test drive a 3D printer, learn how local students are fighting food deserts, make your own LED light art, dig into the DC world of civic hacking, and more. The Embassy will also have a separate outpost at Hamiltonian Gallery (1353 U St. NW).

Projects include:

  • DC Music Project (a people’s history of live shows in the District)
  • Name that Tech/Technology Should Be… (two interactive art installations by OTI)
  • 3D Printing with DC Public Library
  • Heart Spark (heart attack prevention tech group)
  • District Housing (a DC affordable housing project)
  • Fort Fairmont (funk DJs with a laser light show)
  • ANC Finder (hyperlocal govt!)
  • Food Desert Mapping Project (starring the world’s brightest 10 year olds)
  • OurDCSchools (policy response project re: school boundary change — important for parents)
  • LED building station (maybe seed bombs, too)
  • Q&A table out front with Code for DC and Code for Progress

Live Mural by Art Under Pressure – 1342 U St NW

Art Under Pressure will sponsor the creation of a new mural near their new 1342 U Street location. The mural will be a typographical celebration of U Street’s illustrious past. Titled “The Return of Black Broadway.” The mural will feature a quote from DC Hip-Hop elder, Head-Roc, who’s album with the same title, marks it’s 10-year anniversary. Art Under Pressure Artists in Residence Eric B. Ricks, Cory L. Stowers, Ernesto Zeleya and more, will install the mural during the DC Funk Parade as part of the celebration.


  • Visit Miss Pixies and check out the rest of our community supporters on 14th Street
  • Merlot’s Masterpiece on 1512 U St – Art Sale and Live Art Expo
  • Fainting Goat and Local 16 will be hosting a Funk themed Brunch
  • Menchies – Find Menchie on U St and get a discount coupon for Froyo
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl will be celebrating the Funk Parade all day!
  • Nellies will have a Roof Top Funk Party All Day



Get up, get into it, get involved! Come to the muster point at Vermont and U Sts. NW at 5 PM and dance, clap, play your horn or beatbox in the parade!  The procession will head west at Vermont and V St.  It will proceed down V St to Ben Ali Way and then turn south down the alley as the parade comes to an end and filters out onto the U Street Corridor for a night of Live Music!

Convening at Vermont and U Sts. NW. This is a PARTICIPATORY parade, not a watching parade.  Get up, get into it, get involved! Come ready to dance, clap, sing, blow a horn, whatever.

In addition to YOU, your friends and neighbors, the parade will include:

  • Asheru & The Ballou High School Marching Band
  • Batala Percussion Band
  • Hung Tao Choy Mei Lion and Dragon dancers
  • Yamomanem Jazz
  • BicycleSPACE riders

Want more music, but at night? Of course you do.

THE MUSIC FESTIVAL – 7pm to 10 pm

After Party Shows