|Georgia comes alive on Saturday, June 23, 2001 with the sights and sounds of
the Caribbean as thousands of spectators converge along Georgia Avenue
between Missouri Avenue, NW and Banneker Recreation Park at Barry Place
(opposite Howard University's Main Campus). They will be on hand to watch and
party with more than 5000 masqueraders as they parade through the Georgia
Avenue business corridor. The main feature of Carnival is a parade of
colorful costumes portraying different themes to the sound of calypso and
soca music. DC Caribbean Carnival attracts more than half a million people
from all over the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.
Events this year begin with the "DC Calypso Competition 2001" on Friday, June
15, a Pan Masters Steel Orchestra production. On Saturday, June 16, DC
Caribbean Carnival will host the first Steelband Panorama and on June 17 the
second annual Dimanche Gras Show to judge Kings, Queens and Individuals of
Carnival 2001. Other carnival events include an art exhibit, June 18-22, of
Caribbean artists who live in the Washington metropolitan area; a Calypso
Concert on June 21 featuring top international calypsonians, and several
private parties and activities on June 22.
The highlight of DC Carnival 2001 occurs on June 23 with a spectacular parade
along Georgia Avenue culminating at Banneker Park where visitors will have
the opportunity to sample a variety of Caribbean food and Caribbean arts and
crafts. A "free" afternoon outdoor cultural show, hosted by the Carnival
committee and a comedy show, produced by Caribbean Inc., concludes the week
of activities on June 24, 2001.
Stay posted because Metro Connection will provide details of all carnival
activities as they become available.