Things get funky in D.C. this month with a live outdoor festival and parade. When the legendary Funk Parade returns to Washington D.C.’s iconic U Street, visitors and locals alike will celebrate the sweet tunes and the history of how D.C. got its groove.
While the spirit of funk is deeply embedded in the parade, much of the energy behind the event comes from U Street’s reputation for bluesy beats.
The parade was founded by Justin Rood, a lifelong D.C. resident, and his friend Chris Naoum, who has worked throughout the years to help undiscovered musicians gain an audience. Their combined spirit and passion for the neighborhood and local music has helped spawn this one-of-a-kind event.
The D.C. Funk Parade features live tunes from homegrown bands, and exhibits food and services from local businesses. If this year’s edition is anything like the last, it will consist of over 30,000 happy people dancing, playing music and sharing works of art up and down the block. To get in on this year’s fun, just head over to U Street on May 2nd and follow the music.
May 2nd, 2015