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Images From the 2009 Caribbean Festival

Posted in Festivals with tags on June 29, 2009 by Kent

Caribbean Festival 2009Another Caribbean Festival has come and gone, but if you missed it, I wanted to share a few images. I also like that colorful garb wasn’t just seen in the parade, but also in the crowd.

In talking with our local police, I also learned that there were no police incidents any greater that a few fights along Georgia Avenue.
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Looking for Something to Do This Weekend?

Posted in Antiques Shows, Auctions, & Flea Markets, Festivals with tags , on June 26, 2009 by Kent

Caribbean FestivalIf you get fidgety this weekend and want to get out, there’s certainly not going to be any shortage of things to do. From the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which opened this past Wednesday, to the DC Caribbean Carnival along Georgia Avenue which will be tomorrow and Sunday, there are plenty of things to do in town. A few other events you may want to check out are the National Capitol Barbeque Battle, the Gospel Rescue Ministries Summerfest, Festa Italiana, and the Eastern Market Grand Reopening.

If getting out of town, the heat, and the craziness is more to your liking, you may want to think about going to Leesburg, Va., where the Antiques Heyday is being held at the 4H Fairgrounds.

Come Monday, no one should be able to complain that they were bored this weekend.

Road Closures for Weekend Events

Posted in Commuity News & Events, Festivals, Marathons & Races, Parades with tags , , , , on June 12, 2009 by Kent

2009 Pride Parade RouteIt looks like a busy weekend for events. Whether you are out and about on Saturday or Sunday, from Georgetown, to Dupont Circle, to Pennsylvania Avenue, all signs point to people, people, people … and associated road closures.

I am happy that the Pride parade is going through the neighborhood this year. Now, we just need to get the event itself off of Pennsylvania Avenue and back to its roots. To find out more about the weekend’s events, go to the Capital Pride Web site.

For those interested in the scheduled road closures, the DDOT announcement is as follows:

Three Events Scheduled That Could Impact Traffic

(Washington, D.C.) The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has provided the following information about road closures for three events scheduled this weekend in the District: the Lawyers Have a Heart Race, Capital Pride Parade and the Capital Pride Festival. Continue reading

17th Street Ready for Celebrations this Weekend

Posted in Dupont Circle, Festivals with tags , , , on June 10, 2009 by Kent

Pride decorationsAs I was walking down 17th Street yesterday, I noticed that a lot of it is decorated for Pride this weekend. It also brought back fond memories of when Pride was more of a neighborhood/community celebration held at P Street beach. I have to say, I liked it a lot better then.

DC celebrations have gotten into this cookie cutter pattern where we herd everyone onto a fenced off section of Pennsylvania Ave. and let them cook on the hot asphalt. Seriously, guys, cooking on the pavement isn’t my thing.

One thing I like about celebrations in New York is how parades end in various neighborhoods and become local/city events.

I know we haven’t completely lost that here in Washington, and I hope the trend reverses. The Caribbean and Latino festivals are two examples of great festivals that don’t happen on Pennsylvania Ave.

JRs decorated for Pride

Cinco de Mayo Festival is on Sunday

Posted in Festivals, Mall (The) on May 1, 2009 by Kent

cinco-de-mayoThe 17th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival is scheduled for this Sunday, May 3rd, at the Sylvan Theater on the National Monument, located at 15th Street at Independence Avenue, SW.

The Festival will run from Noon to 6 pm. According to the Website, where you can find more information:

“Officially, Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, but we have turned it into a day of celebration for all Latinos living here and for all Americans who enjoy the culture,” Montero said. “Our Festival is like the Latino St. Patrick’s Day. That’s why we say, ‘On Cinco de Mayo, everybody’s Latino.”

Weekend Traffic Advisory

Posted in Festivals, Uncategorized on April 3, 2009 by Kent

cherry-blossomsDue to the National Cherry Blossom Parade and the Japanese Street Festival, the following Traffic Advisory has been issued. From the looks of things, I’d advise you make your life easier and rely on Metro as much as possible. Cars and Cherry Blossoms don’t mix.

***TRAFFIC ADVISORY***

National Cherry Blossom Parade and Japanese Street Festival This Weekend

Street Closings and Parking Restrictions

Heavy Pedestrian Traffic Anticipated, Visitors Encouraged to Take Metro

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This weekend, parking restrictions and street closings will be in effect to facilitate the National Cherry Blossom Parade and the Japanese Street Festival in downtown DC. Continue reading

National Cherry Blossom Festival Kicks Off This Weekend

Posted in Festivals, Mall (The) on March 27, 2009 by Kent

cherry-blossomsThis years Cherry Blossom Festival runs from March 28-April 12, 2009. While the blossoms won’t be at peak until April 1-4, it should still be a beautiful time to head toward the tidal basin. The festival honors the initial gift of 600 trees to the United States from Japan in 1912 with events that include a parade and festival queen. To stay abreast of the peak bloom time, and the entire schedule of events, visit the official website here>>