funk parade 2016

Hung Tao Choy Mei Lucky Lions

Hung Tao Choy Mei Lucky Lions bring the Chinese dragon to the parade

For the third year running, I was proud to serve as the photography/videography coordinator for DC’s annual Funk Parade – “a one-of-a-kind day fair, parade and music festival, celebrating Washington DC’s vibrant music and arts, the U Street neighborhood, and the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together.”

Nubian Spin at Funk Parade 2016

A Nubian Spin performer warms up for their exotic hula-hoop performance

Although dubbed the “Funk Parade”, the event is really a day long music and performance festival running from early in the afternoon to late at night, with a participatory parade in the middle. Now in its third year, the parade was  bigger and there were more performers on more stages and venues then ever before.

Black Alley at the Funk Parade

Black Alley “hood rocking” the DC Music Download stage

This year I did less shooting myself and instead focused (ahem) my energies on organizing nearly 20 photographers from DC Focused, a community of photographers that chronicles life in the Wasington DC metropolitan area. With so many photographers coordinating efforts, we were able to capture the festival and parade extensively and artistically.

Whiteboy Working the Gogo

Whiteboy (Andre Johnson) working the Go-Go with DC’s legendary Rare Essence

To view more of my images of the Funk Parade and Music Festival, click any of the images above.

For DC Focused’s takes, please see District of Funk and Let the Funk Beat You Up.

And for the most extensive galleries of photos by DC Focused, me and a few additional contributing photographers, check out any of these curated Flickr galleries:

NOTE:  All images are protected by the copyright asserted by their owners.

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