Count Down Begins To D.C. Caribbean Carnival


CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, DC, Tues. May 19, 2009: The countdown has begun to the 17th annual  DC Caribbean Carnival, which has become a staple of the summer calendar: The District of Columbia Caribbean Carnival Extravaganza.

The annual Extravaganza Parade will be staged along the Georgia Avenue corridor on Saturday, June 27, 2009, from  Missouri Avenue at 11 a.m. and terminate at the international marketplace at `DE SAVANNAH` -Banneker Recreation Park featuring food, craft and entertainment.  DC Caribbean Carnival will host the international marketplace at `DE SAVANNAH` from noon to 7 p.m.

Customarily, visitors travel by air, bus, train and private vehicles from New York, Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, Texas, California, Toronto, Montreal, Europe and the Caribbean, to participate or observe the celebration.  Many families plan their annual vacation to the District of Columbia for the Caribbean Carnival.

Thousands of spectators will join other revelers and a potpourri of costumed bands as they celebrate the best of Caribbean culture along a three-mile route in a Mardi Gras-style parade on Georgia Avenue, NW.

This year, the DC Caribbean Carnival has partnered with Carib ID and the U.S. Census Bureau to help in the promotion of Census 2010. `DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc., is excited and ready to participate in this promotional effort to bring awareness to the local community about the importance of being counted in Census 2010,` explained Loughton Sargeant, DCCC Executive Director.

On Sunday June 28, 2009 -DC Caribbean Carnival will continue hosting the international marketplace at Banneker Park, `DE SAVANNAH` with live performances from local and international artists, food, craft and entertainment from noon until 7 p.m. There will be a $10 cover charge at `DE SAVANNAH` on both June 27 and 28.

DCCC will also host its annual Pan Jam showcasing steel band music from groups from all points along the US East Coast on June 20, 2009 and the annual Dimanche Gras (judging of the King, Queen and Individual costumes) on June 21, 2009.  Both events will be held at the Crossroads Entertainment Complex, 4103 Baltimore Avenue, Bladensburg, Maryland from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.  There will be a $10 cover charge.

 `We are proud that the Carnival Parade continues to be a nexus for family gatherings and serves as a focal point of interest for residents and visitors to the Nation`s Capital,` said DCCC Executive Director Loughton Sargeant.  `Every year, we welcome carnival enthusiasts and aficionados to the Washington metropolitan area from major urban cities, the Caribbean and elsewhere.` 

The DC Carnival Committee is supported by, Verizon Wireless, Coca Cola, Western Union, Cricket Communications, Air Jamaica and WPGC, for this year`s Carnival.

Fans can take Metro Bus or Metro Rail to the DC Carnival. Ride the Green line to the Shaw-Howard University or Georgia Ave-Petworth stations or 70 bus routes. 

For more information about DC CARNIVAL events or the DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc., contact the DC Caribbean Carnival at 202-726-2204 or Ann Walters at 202-390-1544 or email [email protected] or visit

DC Caribbean Carnival 2009 is supported in part by a grant from the District of Columbia Government.

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