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Saturday at Logan Circle: UHOP Annual Parade

by Borderstan.com — May 27, 2010 at 12:02 am 1,313 1 Comment

United House of Prayer For All People holds its annual Memorial Day weekend parade this Saturday. The parade goes around Logan Circle where the church’s founder once lived in the house at number 11. (Luis Gomez Photos)

What’s Memorial Day weekend without a parade? You’re in luck if you live anywhere near Logan Circle or in Shaw. The United House of Prayer For All People holds its annual parade this Saturday, May 29. This is a decades-old tradition and members of church congregations from up and down the east coast march in the parade, dressed in white. Expect the parade to make its way around Logan Circle sometime around 11 am to noon–including marching bands. (We’ll try to get a more exact time.)

The group assembles at 10 am at UHOP at 6th and M Streets NW:

The parade will form at 6th and M Street NW and will proceed over the following route: North on 6th Street to S Street, West on S Street to 13th Street to Logan Circle, Southeast around Logan Circle to P Street, East on P Street to 7th Street, South on 7th Street to M Street, East on M Street to 6th where participants will disband.

The march around Logan Circle is important because the house at 11 Logan Circle NW was the home of the church’s founder, Bishop Charles Manuel (Sweet Daddy)Grace. Cultural Tourism DC has a good write up about Grace and the history of the house.

You can learn more about the history of UHOP at the church website. Grace was born Marcelino Manuel da Gracain 1884 in Brava Cape Verde Islands, a Portuguese possession off the west coast of Africa. He moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1903 and incorporated UHOP in 1927 in DC; he died in 1960.

Comments (1)

  1. Oh no. I wish I could get into this but this parade is so annoying! They block traffic for hours. Literally. Buses and cars cannot get through the parade and are totally stuck! I live near U street and one year my dad missed his plane because we could not get through the parade route since they were circling our house. They police really need to get involved with this and help control traffic flow. I love parades but this one is too poorly organized for me to enjoy it at all.

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