(Originally published at OnePaper.com)

Xtra: Meet “Mr. Rico” and reserve your D.C. Carnival video and audio memories – by Jessyca Stansbury-McCargo

Thousands of revelers are expected in Washington, DC to watch the colorful, costume parade, hear the music of carnival bands, and sample Caribbean foods during D.C. Caribbean Carnival.

The weeklong Caribbean festival takes place each June. The festival attracts over half a million people from all over the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean, and showcases the art, music, and culture of the many Caribbean immigrants who live in the Washington Metro area.
“Showcasing Smiling Faces from Various Places”
The costume parade is the main feature of Carnival, as thousands appear to dance, cheer, and enjoy the parade of masqueraders in colorful costumes portraying different themes, and steelbands, calypso and soca bands. From 9 bands and approximately 500 masqueraders in 1993, DC Caribbean Carnival has grown to 25 bands and over 5000 masqueraders in 2001 with more than 90% of the costumes being locally designed and manufactured.

“Carnival is about the Caribbean’s themes, costumes, music and food,” said Loughton Sargeant, Executive Director of DC Caribbean Carnival. It is a colorful, educational, and cultural event showcasing the diversity and culture of Caribbean immigrants now making their homes in the Washington Metropolitan area.

Carnival events include a Steelband Jamboree and Sweet Iron Competition and a Caribbean Marketplace and Cultural Show. For more information about DC Caribbean Carnival events or the DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc. visit our web site at www.dccaribbeancarnival.com

D.C. Caribbean Carnival is an annual event sponsored by DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc. DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.

DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc. [a 501(C) 3 organization]

Loughton Sargeant, Executive Director
Roland Barnes, President

Chris Toussaint, PRO; 202-726-2204
Sidrach Franklin, Assistant PRO; 301-925-8534


Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Jessyca Stansbury-McCargo