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Caribbean Day Parade 2012 Cancelled

9:25 PM, Apr 10, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -  A Caribbean tradition that drew hundreds of thousands of people to Georgia Avenue has come to an end.

The president of the Caribbean Day Parade says a lack of funding and lack of support from the city are to blame for the cancellation of this year's event, scheduled for June.

Roland Barnes says the parade still owes about $200,000 to the city.  A series of letters (attached) details the parade's unpaid debt to the city.

Barnes says previous mayors have come to the rescue of this popular event.

But Barnes says quote, this administration isn't interested. Gray's office said in a statement that they're disappointed that an agreement could not be reached with the event organizers.

The parade and festival, according to its website, was "designed to encourage cross-cultural programs within the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area community in the expansion of Caribbean culture, and to educate youths and adults in Caribbean arts, crafts and culture. "

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