Thursday, May 10, 2012

Caribbean Festival moves out of DC

Well, this is too bad, though not unexpected: the D.C. Caribbean Festival is moving out of the neighborhood.

The festival, which consists of a big Carnival parade with music, dancing and food, has been losing money for years and is in debt $200,000 to the city. A few months ago, the city wouldn't agree to give them more money, so organizers said they may cancel it or move it.

Turns out they are doing the latter, it will be part of Baltimore's Caribbean Carnival/Festival on July 14th in Clifton Park.

Too bad to see the festival go, as it was pretty fun and reports said it generated lots of money for local businesses. However, some people complained about the noise and mess, and there was also a rash of violence during last year's parade: four people were shot, one was killed, and another person was stabbed.

What do you think? Sad to see the festival go, or good riddance?

6 comments:

IsmeSon said...

That parade is so poorly managed, I'm glad it moved out of DC.

IsmeSon said...

That parade is so poorly organized, I'm glad it got moved out of DC.

jcm said...

I'm sorry to see it go. I wish it could be taken over by new organizers, because the current folks clearly have financial management problems. I always had a great time there, though.

Andrew said...

it's too bad about last year's violence. this is why we can't have nice things.

Anonymous said...

It's too bad. Who are those people who complained about the noise? We are not hearing people complaining about the noise and mess after the Time Square ball drop in New York. Some people just need to learn who to live in community. Also, last year violence was not relate whatsoever to the festival I don't know why associate that horrible event to the festival.

French Guy

Andrew W said...

Well, the violence was at the festival, which is why people put them together. Maybe not caused by the festival, but still there.