The Funk Parade is a one-of-a-kind street fair, parade and music festival in the U Street neighborhood of Washington DC. The free event is designed to bring people together through music, dance and the visual arts, while celebrating the musical heritage of the historic U Street district. The neighborhood was enlivened throughout the day with live performances, artists and vendors, food, workshops and spontaneous acts of soul. The parade included a variety of dancers, marching bands, drum corps, beat-boxers, junkyard drummers, pot-bangers and more. Several of the area’s most popular music venues opened their doors in the evening offering free, live and local funk-inspired bands immediately following the Funk Parade.
Rare Essence, The Funk Ark, The Ron Holloway Band, Batala Washington, Empresarios, Congo Sanchez, Black Masala, Kokayi, The Fix, People’s Champs, Nappy Riddem, Fort Knox Five & QDup DJ Sets, DJ Ayes Cold, Sam Prather’s Groove Orchestra, Elikeh, Aaron Ab Abernathy w/ Live Band Nat Turner, Rufus Roundtree and Da Bmore Brass Factory, Chelsey Green, Boomscat, Footwerk, Aztec Sun, Johnny Artis Band, Lucky So & Sos, Of Tomorrow, Projected Man, All The Best Kids, Johnny Popcorn, Picnibus, SWAGFUNK, Spread Love Band, Crush Funk Brass, Trae Crudup & The Cover-Up and more