City Paper is not for tourists
History aside, U Street NW is most appreciated by revelers and tourists alike for its constant activity and entertainment. When the weekend arrives, there’s rarely a dull moment—and this one will be particularly active, thanks to the inaugural D.C. Funk Parade. Beginning at noon, the neighborhood will host a street festival between 9th and 16th streets, complete with dance groups, art workshops, and music. The actual parade will features the world’s first “Flash Mop”—a flurry of simultaneous dancing and cleaning—in addition to performances by Asheru, riders from BicycleSPACE, and the Ballou High School Marching Band. The celebration will conclude with free shows at 11 neighborhood venues. Go-go legends EU will ignite U Street Music Hall with classics like “Da Butt,” while rising rappers like Beyond Modern (pictured) will make the masses dance until their calves burn at the Brixton. After the show, it’s the afterparty at Ben’s Next Door, where fans can jam with Sol Zahran and replenish with half-smokes. The D.C. Funk Parade begins at noon at 9th and U streets NW. Free. funkparade.com.