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Will the Caribbean Carnival Parade Happen this Year?

by Borderstan.com April 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

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The Caribbean  Carnival Parade is on Georgia Avenue NW. (Aaron DeNu, Flickr pool)

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.

The Caribbean Carnival Parade on Georgia Avenue NW is one of the parades that draws a reliably strong crowd year after year. Despite that, the organizers are in debt from previous parades and the city is unlikely to lend a helping hand to keep it going. The parade is tentatively scheduled for June 23 and 24.

The current situation may be due to the outbreaks of violence at last year’s parade, particularly since the organizers’ debt includes a $200,000 IOU to the city for police protection overtime.

DCist reports that new parade routes are being sought, as the Gray administration appears to be reluctant at the prospect of shutting down Georgia Avenue, despite the $176,000 in city funds the parade received last year. We’ll keep you posted on the funding and location status.

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