What is Funk Parade?Funk Parade is a one-of-a-kind parade, street fair and music festival planned for DC's U Street neighborhood on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014.
Funk Parade celebrates DC's vibrant music and arts, the U Street neighborhood, and the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together.
Funk Parade is supported by over 100 local businesses, civic groups, nonprofits and community leaders. The organizers are no strangers to big events and civic challenges. One has helped organize and program music events from the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival to Lumen8 Anacostia. The other has experience working on New York's High Line park effort, which began over a decade ago as a dream and is now an amazing reality.
Here's the proposed lineup for the day of Funk Parade:
Day Fair (12-5 PM): Before the parade, the neighborhood will host a day fair, full of music, dance, art and spontaneous acts of soul, innovation and creativity. It's a chance to gather and celebrate and prepare for the mighty parade!
The Main Event - Funk Parade (5-7 PM): See dancers, your friends and neighbors, a marching band behind them, and a
drum corps. See costumes and getups and shiny things. Hear beat-boxers and junkyard drummers, see pot-bangers and
clappers and kids on their parents’ shoulders. Horn players wander in
and out of the crowd. A thunderous syncopated procession of groove, winding its way
through the neighborhood, calling the city to the funk.
Music Festival (7-10 PM): After the parade, U Street's finest venues open their doors for the city to hear some of the best music D.C. has to offer. One night, one city, one groove: the subatomic particle of love.
Our supporting businesses and volunteers have given time, effort and money to support this effort. But we need your help!
What We Need & What You Get
Raising $20,000 from the community will help hold the Funk Parade the city deserves. This money will go to the cost of the parade itself, particularly the police and permits which the city requires, and to the musicians and performers who will make the day amazing.
This isn't another event to eat corn dogs and watch a band play. Funk Parade is about collaboration and involvement, about getting up and getting into it together, imagining it and making it what you believe it should be.
What do you get? To reward our Indiegogo participants, we have lots of goodies including great perks from local neighborhood businesses, including:
Awesome Funk Parade 2014 T-shirts from Twice as Warm (For every shirt you purchase they will donate one to Martha’s Table and other local charities)
- free drinks from your favorite U Street venues: Matchbox, Tropicalia, Local 16, The Brixton, El Rey, Right Proper Brewing Company and Satellite Room
limited edition "U" Ball caps
private chef dinners provided by &pizza
Ben’s Chili Bowl U Street Package catering
and much, much more!
What Do You Mean By Funk?
Funk is the subatomic particle of love. Funk is anything that makes you want to dance. The Spirit of Funk is in the roots of DC music, it's on U Street. It's in jazz, R&B, latin, reggae, go-go, afrobeat, funk, soul, gospel and so much more. The Spirit of Funk unites, it brings together people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.
Funk Parade wants everyone to come into the streets to make music together, celebrate the city they love, and dance to the rhythm that moves us all. Funk Parade connects us with each other, and it connects our present with our past. Consider the following:
- With over two dozen music venues, U Street has more live music than any other neighborhood in DC. If you're going to hear amazing live music, chances are it's in the U Street neighborhood.
- U Street is also one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city.
- U Street's history is one of celebration and music. These sidewalks have felt the shoes of Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack, James Brown, Pearl Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, and hundreds more.
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and help spread the word.
- Use the Indiegogo share tools.
- On May 3, come to U Street and join in the Funk Parade!