Friday, April 13, 2012

Georgia Avenue's Caribbean Festival may be no more

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This is too bad. The annual DC Caribbean Carnival, with its annual parade down Georgia Avenue, may be no more. The parade, which has been in debt $200,000 to the city for years, mostly for added police protection, won't be getting approval this year, nor will the city offer any help, as it has in the past few years.

However, the organizers say the parade isn't canceled, and they're trying to move it to another location.

The parade is a pretty awesome time, but lately there have been a lot of issues: last year, 4 people were shot, with one man killed, and there were also brawls.

Too bad to see it go. Although some argue that the city is too tough on parades like this because they bring in a lot of money, the crime last year, despite the police presence, gives me pause. Then again, you could make the argument that some bad apples shouldn't mean an entire event is cancelled.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh well, I live right off Georgia Ave, and my neighbors and I would alert one another and leave the area when the Festival came around. Shook every window in our houses. Made road accessibility impossible. The one year when I stayed, seemed like every float was just an 18 wheeler with a massive set of speakers on it and little else.