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Farewell D.C. Caribbean Parade!

Today organizers of the annual D.C. Carribbean Carnival announced that the parade won't be taking place in D.C. this year.

They were invited to join a similar Baltimore festival on July 14, and with the District refusing to allow the event to go on as it had in the past without organizers paying an outstanding $179,000 debt, they jumped. Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham wanted to work a deal out so that organizers could pay something and still get to hold the parade. Organizers said they had no money.

And now we're bummed.

Photo by Matt Dunn

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Comments

  1. #1

    WHY DONT ORGANIZERS GET WIT THE THREE STOOGES(EVANS, GAYTANIA AND WELLS) TO HELP PAY DOWN DEBT?

    IM SURE THEY HAVE SOME LOOSE CHANGE IN THEIR CONSTITUENCY FUND JUST LAYIN AROUND! OR MAYBE THEY CAN JUST PAY OUTTA POCKET WITH ALL THE DOUBLE DIPPIN THEY DOIN??

  2. #2

    Can CP find a better picture? I mean really?

  3. #3

    Once the go to Baltimore, they are NOT coming back.

  4. #4

    DC_LovesYou O they could have found a much better picture but how else would they show their disdain?

  5. #5

    @DC-LovesYou,

    In reference to the picture, Matt Dun-- the photographer-- always, always, always depicts African Americans as Darkies from the 20s and 30s!

    I'm surprise Shani agreed to using this picture in her article and to represent her Caribbean roots.

  6. #6

    I like the parade and I chose the picture, which I also like. Not sure what the problem is.

  7. #7

    @StrangeFruit You are ridonkulous.

  8. #8

    So they owe the city $179,000 and instead of paying…they left. Speaks volumes.

  9. #9

    Good Riddance. This event caused nothing but trouble for the area. All it did was run up tabs in police security. They will fit right in in Baltimore...and they think they look cute with they cellulite all out.

  10. #10

    The city said to pay your bill. I actually agree with them. The parade has come up short every year. Many of the out of town visitors who came for the parade stayed in hotels and with friends in Maryland. Let Maryland pay for it.

  11. #11

    that is a bad/ busted picture.. just saying.

  12. #12

    Who's bummed? I worked at the Festival for DC gov and the $179,000 doesn't even begin to capture the real cost to the city for this event. People should be able to use city facilities to celebrate their cultures, but not if they can't pay the bill. The city did the right thing in prohibiting the event unless the debts were settled.

  13. shining the light
    #13

    This is a shame that we have once again lost a part of the rich cultural heritage of the city. We continue to lose these gems which will never be replaced. From Georgia Avenue day and Anacostia Park Day to this. Our city is losing its roots and we need to fight to preserve them.

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