I know the same talk about DC Carnival being cancelled was flying around this time last year too but I did not really care since I was not planning on attending.  But this year is different.  I have already booked my airline ticket to Washington, DC and would be sorely disappointed to spend all that money and then have the Carnival cancelled.

Maybe I should just change my ticket and go to NYC with my other friends instead…

Here is the official word from the DC Carnival Organization:

This morning the DC City Paper wrote an article that states DC Carnival is Cancel. This is not true. We attended a meeting last night with the lower Georgia Avenue Business Community to provide an update on DC Carnival 2012. We express the financial challenges the Carnival is facing with respect to City services and that we are exploring alternatives to Georgia Avenue this year. We never mentioned canceling the Carnival but I guess this makes for bigger and better news. This confirm to us that we are facing an uphill battle to sustain our culture in this ever changing DC community. We no longer can depend on the City to help us. This is a wake up call for us to help ourself. If we do not mobilize as a community and show the City that we are important and we do make a difference then the headlines might prove to be true.

For more information:

DC Carnival Facebook fanpage

Organizers grapple with D.C. Caribbean parade’s future

Parade’s Off: Caribbean Day Short on Cash, Forced to Cancel