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DC Caribbean Carnival Parade 2009 (DC)
DC Carnival Parade'09

June 27th, 2009
DC Carnival Cooldown Pool Party (DC)
Cooldown Pool Party

June 28th, 2009
Machel Montano HD Live (DC)
Machel Montano HD Live

June 27th, 2009
Soca In Motion (DC)
Soca In Motion

June 27th, 2009
DV8 Pt 2 (DC)
DV8 DC Pt 2

June 26th, 2009
DV8 Pt 1 (DC)
DV8 DC Pt 1

June 26th, 2009
Love The Carnival (DC)
Love The Carnival

June 26th, 2009
Ignite DC 2009 (DC)
Ignite DC 2009

June 25th
, 2009
Release Therapy 2009 (DC)
Release Therapy 2009

June 25th, 2009

TJJ's Party Guru's Guide to DC Carnival

Very short, very easy carnival. What is an easy carnival you ask, at least you wish to question my definition. Well I've been doing this carnival thing in the District for a while now. So easy; easy means that there are staple events, so your decision making is almost completely done for you. So I guess it's easy for me to provide good advice here. If you don't know anyone in DC, just show up ready to get your fill of Soca.


  • Duration: Thursday night to Sunday evening.
  • Attire: Elegantly casual (nice shirt/T-shirt, jeans, shoes that can take a small scuffing from standing on grass). Mud mas - something that you wouldn't mind permanently parting with when your done. Concerts - T-shirt and jeans, but pending the venue, shorts would be definitely acceptable. And backyards - you should know how to dress for a backyard fete! smile
  • Currency: US dollars, you can get by on $70 a day. The parties aren't outrageously priced.
  • Destination: There are 3 airports. I recommend flying into National. Most events are close to the capital. So you also want to stay closer to the NE area. Try your best to be inside of the beltway.
  • Transportation: The DC metro is great, but not at night, and not to these venues that West Indian promoters are able to close on. In other words, rent a car. And no, DC isn't an easy place to navigate, even for people that have been living there for sometime. So shed the extra mula and get the GPS (or walk with yours).

The Break Down

Thursday: TRIBE has stolen another Carnival Thursday night from another World carnival. When in Miami go to TRIBE Ignite, and in DC do the same (Ignite DC). Although they don't compare yet, it's getting there.

Friday: 2 Choices. One of my #1 rated parties world wide is Gresham Entertainment's "Taboo" (this year they hosted DV8 DC). Brags and delivers an upscale all inclusive event. Great music, plenty food, extensive bar including Johnnie Walker Black ... and of course plenty bess dressed smallies. Expect to see the sun come up.

Option #2 is your jump & wave, concert type fete held by some of DC's bigger promoters (Indigo Concepts, Super Slice, Sekou Flex Ent) which features some of the biggest Soca Stars.

Saturday: Catch the Parade on Georgia Avenue around 12pm. Put on your J'ouvert uniform because the best carnival band is D Mud Band! Spend some money and register, it will be well worth it to be properly muddy on de road.

Later it's concert night. For the past few years, there have been at least two big shows ... Machel Montano holding down one corner, and in the other corner, the majority of the big Soca bands/artists for the current year (Soca In Motion - 2009). The Blu Carnival folks have also introduced a party featuring only All-Star DJs from all around the world for those not wanting to hear any live bands on the Saturday night.

Sunday: Shine DC Breakfast Party is where all de bumsie wining whole morning long. Indigo All Inclusive has received "de bess fete for de weekend" title by several TJJ'ers! Later head over to Klimaxx After Carnival Cooldown Pool Party and the Annual Unconditional Love Appreciation fete.

And before the clock strikes midnight, Go Home!

Dr. Ram Dass

Dr. Ram Dass

Disclaimer: Professional and experienced TJJ Fet-a-lot-athon® Party Gurus have rigorously tested these Carnival grounds and are providing said recommendations based on the fundamentals that the audience is a healthy rum drinking islander. If while performing any of these actions you begin to feel any dizziness, fatigue or pain please stop and consult your physician immediately.

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