Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival | No DC!

Tonight on Wack Radio 90.1FM we learnt that Washington DC Carnival will not take place for 2012! However, all is not lost... the Carnival will be merged with the Baltimore Carnival festivities and will now be known as "Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival". Mr. Desmond of Wack Radio interviewed three persons involved with the DC and Baltimore committees and from that interview we learnt of some of the problems that led to the demise of the DC Carnival. This post is not meant to rehash the issues with the DC Metropolitan officials or the financial difficulties of the DC Carnival committee. Instead this post was done to provide information for those who still want to participate in the Carnival and to provide relevant information to get you to the new venue. It is a new start and one should expect a wonderful and bumper celebration for 2012.

The following information was sourced from  

DC Caribbean Carnival is annual Caribbean style parade and festival designed to encourage cross-cultural programs within the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area community in the expansion of Caribbean culture, and to educate youths and adults in Caribbean arts, crafts and culture. For more than 20 years, the parade has been a popular summer event featuring 30 participating groups representing the Caribbean, Latin America and the Diaspora in colorful costumes portraying different themes, dancing to the sound of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, African, Haitian, Latin and Steelband music. 

2012 Update: The DC Caribbean Carnival was in danger of being canceled due to financial issues. The program has been modified to combine with similar events in Baltimore and Bladensburg. See the schedule below.
June 23-24, 2012 - Annual Pan Jam. Crossroads Entertainment Complex, 4103 Baltimore Ave. Bladensburg, Maryland. The event begins at 3 p.m. and features local Steelbands and the Dimanche Gras - the judging of costumes and live entertainment. Admission: $15.00/adult, children 12 years and under $5.00. 

July 14 -15, 2012 - Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival. – The DC Caribbean Carnival will be combined with Baltimore’s celebration. On Saturday July 14, 2012, the Parade starts at Noon at 900 E 33rd Street, travels along Alameda Street to St. Lo Drive. The Festival continues at Lake Clifton Park until 10:00 pm; $10 entrance fee. On Sunday July 15, 2012 the Festival continues from Noon to 9:00 pm featuring entertainment, food and crafts. Admission: $15.00 per person.
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