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Seventeen years after it started, nothing much has changed about D.C.’s Caribbean Carnival, and that’s OK. Traditions are what this event has always celebrated. There will be very loud music booming from massive sound systems on flatbed trucks. Troupes, about 22 this year, will parade in intricately crafted feather and bead costumes, bikinis, and headdresses. Some crews will be covered in mud; steel bands will ping big steel oil drums. And, as always, there will be stilt-walkers. The parade finishes at Banneker Park, which will host concerts all weekend, including one by the Trinidadian vocalist Iwer George on Saturday.
The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Georgia and Missouri Avenues NW and marches down Georgia to Benjamin Banneker Park, at Barry Place NW. Free. (202) 726-2204.