Monday, May 5, 2014

Scenes from Funk Parade DC

Funk Parade was held May 3, 2014, in the Shaw neighborhood of N.W., Washington, DC.

source: funkparade website

Photos: Washington, DC
I wanted to share these photos first thing Sunday morning but I had major technology problems that prevented me from accessing the photos. I ended up sharing many of the photos on twitter but there are still a few that are only posted here.

Funkateer plays Brazilian Cuica
I had such a good time at DC's U Street neighborhoods inaugural Funk Parade. 

Two words to describe it are: BIG FUN.

Myself and fellow Funkateers were cheering, chanting, and dancing as we marched up Vermont, to V Street and back down Ben Ali way to U street. Music for the parade was provided in many forms: Ballou High School Marching Band, several professional artists played traditional/well-known instruments, various parade participants played spoons, banged on buckets, shook rattles and maracas, and played unique instruments. I enjoyed seeing BicyleSPACE cyclists riding and blasting vintage funk music from a super-duper boom box.

U Street scenes and festivities:
Mural at alley-way where graffiti artists were at work

Graffiti/mural artists in the midst of creating

 Parade spectator with funky shoes

U Street Funkateers playing hard core funk music in the 1300 blk. 
They had massive particles of funk.

 Batala All Women Percussion Band at staging area waiting for Funk Parade to begin.

Ballou High School Marching Band, Washington, DC led the parade.

Everyone came all out for this event. People on roof tops, streets lined with spectators, and plenty of Funkateers marching for "One Love" and community.


Funkateer in Ben Ali Way shaking an African instrument.

The parade marches down Ben Ali Way in front of the Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown mural.

FlashMop getting down and funky.
"FLASH MOP is DC's lean, mean (-- actually, pretty friendly), pop-up, civic clean-machine."

Batala All Women Percussion Band = phenomenal show-stoppers

I don't know how many musicians were in the Batala Band but there were A LOT. As the parade was winding down and Batala DC made it to U Street, the ladies commanded attention as they got down hard & funky playing at the entrance of a U street alley-way. The Batala DC performance caused folks to stop, and gather, and fill U Street! Batala DC are must see performers!

DC folks get funky and fill U Street blocking the westbound lanes, 1300 block U Street, DC.

Funky Divas dance in the westbound lanes of U Street.

I look forward to next year's DC Funk Parade.

The Mothership has landed.
Parliament Mothership

food chick

Eat, drink, be merry and validate for parking (TM)

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