Funk Parade is a one-of-a-kind day fair, parade and music festival that takes place in Washington D.C.'s U Street Corridor. For the last four years this festival has brought together D.C.'s finest musical talent to celebrate the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together. Now in its fifth year, Funk Parade needs the community's help to make the festival a reality. It's time to Save The Funk.
As you might imagine, hosting a parade and music festival in the heart of D.C. is no small task. So many things have to happen in order to pull off something as large-scale and unique as The Funk Parade. Each year, Funk Parade brings over 70,000 people to the U Street and Shaw neighborhoods for a day and night of music from dozens of the city's best musicians and artists.
Past Funk Parade performers have included legendary groups like Rare Essence, Backyard Band, Junkyard Band, Trouble Funk, Malcolm X Drummers and the Sun Ra Arkestra; rising DC stars like Reesa Renee, Aaron Abernathy, Drew Kid, Cautious Clay, FootsXColes, Aztec Sun and Alex Vaughn; local favorites Kokayi, Funk Ark, Fort Knox Five, Wes Felton, Congo Sanchez, UCB, Asheru, Baby Bry Bry, Brass Connection, Black Masala, and Empresarios; and sounds and artists from around the world, including Janka Nabay (Sierra Leone), People's Champs, Sinkane, Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), Jouwala Collective, Cheick Hamala Diabate (Mali), All the Best Kids, and Elikeh. The parade has featured marching bands from around the city, like Ballou, Eastern, and Duke Ellington High Schools, joined by marching bands from New York to North Carolina, and DC’s own Batala drummers
Funk Parade is produced by All One City, a District-based a 501c3 non-profit. It relies on donations and sponsorship from the local musical community and businesses to make the event happen. This year, without an infusion of at least $60,000, the festival is unlikely to take place. The organizers of Funk Parade, Justin Rood and Chris Naoum, have started a crowdfunding campaign to Save The Funk. To donate, click the link below:
Starting March 12th, Chuck Levin's will be matching new contributions to the YouCaring crowdfunding campaign to Save Funk Parade 2018. We are here to make sure the Funk continues. For every dollar donated to save Funk Parade, we will donate the same.
Launched Wednesday, March 7th, the campaign has raised over $12,000 but there is more work to be done. Take a moment to visit the campaign and step up to Save the Funk.