by Tim Regan December 2, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Funk Parade (Photo via Funk Parade)The organizers behind the annual Funk Parade celebration are asking for ideas as they plan out this year’s festivities.

The huge parade will roll down U Street on May 6, organizers announced this week. In previous years, the parade has attracted performers, colorful floats and thousands of people to the neighborhood.

What will this year’s event bring? That’s where you come in. Funk Parade’s organizers are scheduled to host a community input meeting at the Thurgood Marshall Center (1816 12th St. NW) on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

“Share your thoughts and hear others’ ideas for what makes the event great and how to make it better,” a Facebook event post for the meeting reads. “Learn about early plans and schedule for Funk Parade 2017. Get involved with planning, community organizing, fundraising or permitting.”

Those interested in attending the meeting should RSVP online first.

Photo via Funk Parade

by Tim Regan March 29, 2016 at 9:10 am 0

Photo courtesy of Funk ParadeRare Essence, the legendary local go-go outfit billed as the “wickedest band alive,” will headline this year’s Funk Parade celebration on May 7.

“Rare Essence is gearing up to release their 15th album to coincide with the performance,” Funk Parade announced in a press release earlier this morning. “Titled ‘Turn It Up,’ the album marks not only the 40th anniversary of the band’s inception in 1976, but also a turning point in their career.”

Rare Essence fans who donate $100 to Funk Parade’s Indiegogo campaign can receive a copy of the new album, a copy of Rare Essence’s “Greatest Hits Vol. 1” and a signed poster of the “Turn It Up” album cover art by artist and muralist Aniekan Udofia.

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