D.C. Caribbean Carnival No Longer In D.C.

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Dancers representing the Virgin Islands participate in 2008's D.C. Caribbean Festival.

After weeks of speculation as to whether D.C. Caribbean Carnival will take place because of financial woes, the show will go on. Well, sort of.

The parade that typically marches down Georgia Avenue won’t be in D.C. this year. Organizers announced that the D.C. event will join with Baltimore’s annual Caribbean Carnival/Festival for a parade taking place July 14 at Baltimore’s Lake Clifton Park.

D.C. Caribbean Carnival usually holds a Pan Jam, with steel bands and costume judging. That will take place in Bladensburg, Md. during June 23 and 24, the original date of the festival.

The annual parade has been cited as a boost for businesses up and down Georgia Avenue, many of whom protested last year when the route was cut short (again, due to financial troubles).

  • Daddy

    yeah.  the crime associated at the georgia ave site is worth getting rid of it.  from a law enforcement and resident point of view

  • Soultalk

    Actually the crime is very low and the Carnival brings a lot of business into the city from the festival organizers and also tourists who come to see it. The problem is with folks like yourself who are not open minded an do not understand our culture, DC is one of the few places where the city officials are not in support of it. Many other cities support the events because they understand what it is all about.

  • Steve

    How many lives is money worth?