U Street was all about the funk on Saturday — music, dancing in the street, drum lines and tens of thousands of people turning out for the all-day party and music fest known as the Funk Parade. The festival of funk took over the U Street corridor, as old and new DC came together to celebrate the city’s cultural heritage. The Mayor of Funk Town was even there throwing beads to cheering constituents, walking just a few hundred yards ahead of parade participants carrying a gigantic, inflatable joint. The parade slogan, after all, was “roll your funk.”
Spread along the corridor from the Howard Theater to 14th Street, the festival included 12 stages and performance areas during the day and 15 venues hosting bands and DJs into the night. It was pretty impressive for an event that was just in its third year.
And the beautiful thing about the whole thing was that it was, for the most part, a festival put on by locals for locals. After the parade, organizers posted this message to their Facebook page:
“And so ends the 2016 Funk Parade.
We don’t yet know how to begin to put all the unbelievably amazing and beautiful things we’re feeling into words…but we do know that it begins with thank you. Each and every one of you who came out for today and tonight’s funky festivities. Each and every one of our incredible sponsors who made this happen. Each and every performer who poured their heart and soul out on #UStreet.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Stay tuned for the treasure trove of photos and videos we’ll be posting over the next few days/weeks/months, to make sure none of us ever forget all the magic you made today.
We love you #DC.
Let’s keep the mighty love vibe alive.”
DC Focused photographers were there in force chronicling the scene as the parade’s official “funktographers.” Our photos are below.
Featured image © Zack Lewkowicz.