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Mayor Bowser Welcomes Funk Parade to Historic U Street

Friday, April 3, 2015

(Washington, DC) – Mayor Muriel Bowser will welcome the Funk Parade to Historic U Street on Saturday, May 2. The U Street Funk Parade celebrates the District's music and culture, in the neighborhood known as the heart of the city's musical heritage.

“The U Street Funk Parade embodies the spirit of the District,” said Mayor Bowser. “It brings our communities together and honors the city’s cultural heritage that we’ve all come to know and love.”

The U Street Funk Parade is a daylong collaborative celebration with three parts: the day fair, the parade, and the music festival. Each part of the celebration offers different opportunities to embrace the District’s music and culture. The U Street Funk Parade is free and open to the public.

“We’re grateful to the city and Mayor Muriel Bowser for acknowledging U Street’s historic significance to the District as the soul of music, culture and celebration, a place that’s unlike anywhere else in the city,” said Justin Rood, co-founder of Funk Parade.

“The Funk Parade brings the U Street community together for a one-of-a-kind celebration of our local heritage," said Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau. "As a strong supporter of the U Street Funk Parade, I'm pleased that this year's parade route reflects the growth of the festival. Bring on the funk!”

“As a strong advocate for the arts and the creative economy in the District, I believe that the U Street Funk Parade is an example of how the city can support the arts as an economic driver and celebrate the unique history and culture of the U Street Corridor,” said At-Large Councilmember David Grosso.

The U Street Funk Parade is in its second year. Last year’s event brought over 25,000 people to the U Street neighborhood. This event garners support from community leaders, groups, and businesses in the area.

This year's U Street Funk Parade will travel along parts of U Street from the Howard Theatre to the Lincoln Theater.

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