by Borderstan.com May 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

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Sweet Daddy Grace, founder of the United House of Prayer Parade lived at 11 Logan Circle NW. Click on the image for more photos of Saturday’s parade. (Luis Gomez Photos)

See more photos from Saturday’s UHOP Parade as it made its way around Logan Circle.

On Saturday, we were lucky to enjoy what has become a neighborhood tradition during Memorial Day weekend — the annual United House of Prayer for All People, always on the Saturday before Memorial Day. Starting from UHOP’s main location at 6th and M Streets NW, the parade of marchers and marching bands wound its way through the Shaw and Logan Circle neighborhoods.

The parade reached Logan Circle around noon, and the location has become a gathering spot for residents in the neighborhood to watch the parade. At  the Circle many neighbors gathered with lawn chairs while kids played and dogs sat beneath the shade trees. The parade took almost two hours to go around Logan Circle, while the bands and congregants marched their way back to UHOP.

“Sweet Daddy” Grace (photo above), the founder of the denomination lived at 11 Logan Circle NW and the church still owns the house; Cultural Tourism DC has a good write up about Grace and the history of the house.

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by Borderstan.com May 28, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,123 0

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Sweet Daddy Grace, founder of the United House of Prayer Parade lived at 11 Logan Circle NW. Click on the image for more photos of Saturday's parade. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

See more photos from Saturday’s UHOP Parade as it made its way around Logan Circle.

The annual United House of Prayer for All People Parade was Saturday — it is always the Saturday before Memorial Day. Starting from UHOP’s main location at 6th and M Streets NW, the parade of marchers and marching bands wound its way through the Shaw and Logan Circle neighborhoods.

The parade reached Logan Circle around noon, what has now become a gathering spot for many residents in the neighborhood to watch the parade. At  the Circle many neighbors gathered with lawn chairs while kids played and dogs sat beneath the shade trees. The parade took almost two hours to go around Logan Circle, while the bands and congregants marched their way back to UHOP.

“Sweet Daddy” Grace (photo above), the founder of the denomination lived at 11 Logan Circle NW and the church still owns the house; Cultural Tourism DC has a good write up about Grace and the history of the house.

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by Borderstan.com June 8, 2011 at 7:30 am 0

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“United House of Prayer Parade” is from anokarina in the Borderstan Flickr Pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “United House of Prayer Parade,” was taken byanokarina on May 28.  The parade goes through the city’s Shaw and Logan Circle neighborhoods, making a swing around Logan Circle. The parade is held each year on the Saturday before Memorial Day with UHOP congregations from around the country coming to D.C.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com May 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm 1,494 0

"The Salute," Rolling Thunder 2010, Luis Gomez Photos, Washington DC, Arlington National Cemetery

Hog-watch in the hood! The annual Rolling Thunder Parade is Sunday, May 29. “The Salute” was taken by Luis Gomez at Rolling Thunder 201o.

From Matty Rhoades. Find us on Facebook, Twitter @borderstan and Flickr. Remember that we love to get photos from readers; you can submit them to our Flickr group pool.

Staying in town? We’ve got options for Saturday, Sunday and Monday — most of them in the hood. And, please, remember why you have the day off from work on Monday: it’s Memorial Day and it’s dedicated to those men and women who died fighting for our country.

Wikipedia has a nice summary: “Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates men and women who died while in military service to the United States.First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following theAmerican Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.”

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by Borderstan.com March 10, 2011 at 5:00 am 0

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Today’s photo from the reader pool in Flickr was shot on Logan Circle by lightboxdc.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr. If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group.

About today’s photo… It was taken by lightboxdc on June 14, 2006: “United House of Prayer procession through Logan Circle. Founded by ‘Sweet Daddy’ Grace, the UHoP was one of several largely African-American Christian sects which flourished during the Great Depression, and endures.”

You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com May 30, 2010 at 11:55 am 1,369 0

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Click for slide show: Saturday’s United House of Prayer For All People parade wounds its way around Logan Circle for more than two hours. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Yesterday’s annual parade of the United House of Prayer For All People lasted more than two hours and featured the church’s current bishop as well as numerous brass bands and uniformed marchers. The parade began its trip around Logan Circle around 12:20 pm after leaving the staging area in Shaw at 6th and M NW. Congregations from up and down the east coast participate in the parade.

Logan Circle is important because UHOP still owns the house at 11 Logan Circle NW where the denomination’s founder once lived–Bishop Charles Manuel (Sweet Daddy) Grace.

Cultural Tourism DC has a good write up about Grace and the history of the house and you can also 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.

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The circa 1957 Cadillac Fleetwood bearing DC tags, “Daddy,” was part of Saturday’s UHOP parade. UHOP has its headquarters in Shaw and still owns the house at 11 Logan Circle NW where Grace lived until his death in 1960.

by Borderstan.com May 27, 2010 at 12:02 am 2,067 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.

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