2012 will mark the 20th anniversary that the D.C. Carnival has taken place in the District streets, with most of those years the parade has been along the historic Georgia Avenue NW. However, this year the parade takes it’s dancers and colorful costumes to Baltimore over the course of two weekends in June and July.
Mounting debt and lingering concerns over violence at last year’s parade forced organizers to cancel this year’s festivities, which were set to take place on June 23 and 24. According to an announcement the parade will be held:
On the weekend of June 23-24, 2012, DCCC will showcase the Annual Pan Jam, featuring local Steelbands and the Annual Dimanche Gras featuring the judging of costumes and live entertainment at the Crossroads Entertainment Complex, 4103 Baltimore Avenue Bladensburg, Maryland from 3:00 p.m. Admittance is $15.00/adult, children 12 years and under $5.00.
On the weekend of July 13 -15, 2012, DCCC has accepted an invitation to join the Caribbean American Carnival Association of Baltimore (CACAB) in their Annual Caribbean Carnival/Festival, at Lake Clifton Park, Baltimore, MD 21218 for a “Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival ” celebration!
On Saturday July 14, 2012, the Parade starts at 12:00 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 12:00 Noon to 9:00 pm featuring Intl. Entertainment, sponsors and food and crafts vendors; $15.00 entrance fee.
What’s different to note is the cost of the parade. In D.C. would-be goers could always attend the event for free of charge and dance. The only incurred costs were eating and patronizing food vendors. Men and women who danced in the various bands who were participating in the parade usually paid a participation fee, but those watching never had to pay admittance.
According to city documents, the organizers of the parade owe the District $210,000 for the 2010 and 2011 parade, the majority—$179,000—to pay for the police that line the route and block off intersections along it.