First DC Funk Parade

A one-of-a-kind day fair, community parade and music festival to celebrate U Street, the city of DC, and the spirit of funk which brings people together.
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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:

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.


The Impact

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!
*** Funk Parade Indiegogo Video edited by Don Kim http://www.donkimmusic.com/ ***


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$10,287USD
raised by 158 people in 1 month
51% funded
0 time left
$20,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on April 12, 2014
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  • $5USD
    High Five!

    You're awesome and you get an official high-five from the DC Department of Funk. Identify yourself to a Department official during the Parade events to claim your reward.

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $15USD
    Local 16 Pig Roast - ADMIT 1

    Pork for the funk! On Saturday, April 12, Local 16 is hosting a pig roast to support Funk Parade's Indiegogo campaign. Come enjoy music, food, beer and more! $15 will get you all the roast pig you desire, and two drink tickets. Must be 21 or over. WHAT: Funk Parade Pig Roast WHERE: Local 16 (1602 U St. NW) WHEN: Sat. April 12, 5-9 PM Contribute at this level and your name will be on a list at the door.

    65 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $21USD
    Blackjack!

    You're aces -- you get two high-fives and a Twitter shout-out! To claim your high-fives, identify yourself to DC Dept of Funk official during Parade events. Must be present to redeem!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $25USD
    Toast Funk Parade

    You get a free drink at a fine local venue supporting Funk Parade: Local 16, Matchbox, Tropicalia, The Brixton, Right Proper Brewery, El Rey, or Satellite Room.

    16 out of 68 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $35USD
    Poster Power

    One limited-edition Funk Parade 2014 poster. *Please pick up if you are within 25 miles of Washington, DC.

    12 claimed
  • SOLD OUT

    $40USD
    EARLY BIRD - Funk Parade Pride

    Show your Funk Parade pride with an exclusive limited edition 2014 Funk Parade T-shirt. *Please pick up if you are within 25 miles of Washington, DC.

    20 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $50USD
    Funk Parade Pride

    Show your Funk Parade pride with an exclusive limited edition 2014 Funk Parade T-shirt. *Please pick up if you are within 25 miles of Washington, DC.

    12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $85USD
    EARLY BIRD: Funk Parade Power

    Even more local pride -- get an exclusive limited edition 2014 Funk Parade T-shirt AND a phenomenal high-quality street-ready "U" ball cap, courtesy &pizza. *please pick up if you are within 25 miles of Washington, DC.

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $100USD
    Funk Parade Power

    Even more local pride -- get an exclusive limited edition 2014 Funk Parade T-shirt AND a phenomenal high-quality street-ready "U" ball cap. *please pick up if you are within 25 miles of Washington, DC.

    1 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $250USD
    Private &Pizza Tasting

    A private tasting event for you and 5 friends of creative deliciousness from &pizza.

    3 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $500USD
    Ben's U Street Extravaganza

    A "U Street Combo" from Ben's Chili Bowl, which includes 8 each of Bill Cosby’s Original Chili Half-Smokes and Ben’s Spicy Half-Smokes, along with 40 of their Famous Chili Dogs (pork) with enough Chili Sauce for all.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $500USD
    Local Business Sponsor

    If you're a neighborhood business, for $500 we will list your business as an event sponsor on the official poster, website and other event materials; thank you on Facebook and Twitter; and shower you with gratitude.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $1,000USD
    I Love Everybody

    A private party for you and 19 others at &pizza's new event room at H&Pizza. Live it up Funk Parade style!

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Funk Parade Sponsor

    We will list your business as an event sponsor on the official poster, website and other event materials; thank you on Facebook and Twitter; and shower you with gratitude.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
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