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Sunshine, Crowds For First 17th Street Festival

by Borderstan.com September 26, 2010 at 4:56 pm 0

17th Street Festival Dupont Circle Luis Gomez Photos

Click on the image to see photos from Saturday’s 17th Street Festival. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Click on the collage above to see the slide show on Flickr from the 17th Street Festival on Saturday.

Warm weather, sunshine and several thousand attendees were part of the first annual 17th Street Festival in east Dupont. Crowds were steady through the afternoon on 17th Street NW between P Street and Riggs Place NW. The Festival was conceived as a way of celebrating the end of construction work on the 17th Streetscape project.

The Festival included almost 60 local artists, Dupont Circle area businesses, a Pet Zone, numerous kids’ activities, a beer garden at JR’s Bar and Grill and a live music stage with several performances throughout the afternoon. Local politicians were on hand as well–Council Chairman Vincent Gray (and Democratic mayoral nominee), Councilmembers David Catania (I-At Large), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), in addition to many of the commissioners from Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B-Dupont. ANC 2B was one of the lead sponsoring organizations.

Festival lead coordinator was Lee Granados of Ross School PTA:

“The 17th Street Arts Committee would like to thank the businesses and residents for coming together for a tremendous day of celebration and festivities. Having pulled this together in less than two months on a zero budget says a lot about the individuals and businesses dedication to making this happen. Special thanks goes to Ross Elementary Parents and Staff, the ANC 2B members and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association. Councilmembers Evans, Gray, Mendelson and Catania deserve a big thanks for their contributions and support. And most sincere thank you to George Washington University graduate students Stephen Rutgers and Editra Allen for bringing in their skills and expertise in when we needed them most. We look forward to planning an even more successful event next year!”

Frank Kameny Honored

Veteran LGBT activist Frank Kameny was honored on stage. Kameny was one of the pioneers in the fight for gay rights in the United States and the 1700 block of 17th Street was co-named Frank Kameny Way in his honor in June.

About the Festival

The 17th Street Festival (also on Facebook) was organized by the  Ross Elementary School PTA, Historic Dupont Main Streets project  and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA). Festival organizers sold sponsorships to individuals, businesses and organizations. Proceeds from the sale of festival sponsorships will be used to purchase flowers and plants for 17th Street’s of tree boxes, as well as flags for the new light posts. The light post flags will promote local groups, organizations and upcoming events. Additional funds from sponsorships will go toward a fund for future 17th Street projects and festivals, as well as to the Ross PTA.

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