DC Caribbean Carnival on Georgia Avenue this Saturday

Visitors should note that the 17th Annual DC Caribbean Carnival is this weekend, June 27th and 29th.   While this is an exciting time in our part of DC, the parade can make it difficult to navigate your way to President Lincoln’s Cottage if you’re not prepared.

 The Carnival includes a parade along Georgia Avenue on Saturday, June 27th.  The parade starts at Missouri Avenue at 11:00 a.m., continues south along Georgia Avenue,  then terminates near Barry Place at the Banneker Recreation Center.  For more information, see: http://www.dccaribbeancarnival.org/default2.html

Please be advised that traffice along the Georgia Avenue corridor will be difficult if not impossible before, during, and immediately after the parade.  

We recommend visitors plan for extra travel time and check the DC Caribbean Carnival and other DC government pages for updates.

Staff suggestions for making it to the Cottage on parade day:

Biking, walking, and public transportation are great ways to enjoy the parade atmosphere on your way to the site and avoid typical driving woes. 

Driving from the north:
Head East on Missouri Avenue NW
Turn Right to head south on North Capitol Street
Turn/bear Right on Rock Creek Church Road NW
Pass through 1 traffic light.
At the next traffic light (intersection with Upshur Street NW), turn Left through Eagle Gate.

Driving from the south or east:
Head North on North Capitol Street NW
Turn Left on Allison Street NW
Merge Right with Rock Creek Church Road NW
Pass through 1 traffic light.
At the next traffic light (intersection with Upshur Street NW), turn Left through Eagle Gate.

Please note these are suggestions only based on the information available to date.  Road closures often occur with little or no notice, so please plan in some extra time for travel. 

If you find yourself running up against road closures and need to ask a police officer for directions to get around them, ask how to get to the Old Soldiers’ Home or Armed Forces Retirement Home (the current name of the campus).  President Lincoln’s Cottage is located within the gates of the Home, and people know the campus by different names.

For preferred directions on any other day of the year, visit our website: http://www.lincolncottage.com/visit/directions.htm.

We look forward to seeing you soon!



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2 responses to “DC Caribbean Carnival on Georgia Avenue this Saturday

  1. Steve Beeson

    It would have been courteous to post the parade conflict BEFORE tickets were purchased. We would have chosen a different date!

    • presidentlincolnscottage

      Thanks, Steve. That’s a great suggestion. Some folks consider the festival on Georgia Avenue a draw, so I’m sure either way folks would appreciate more advance noticed.

      We did alert visitors and potential visitors once we were certain about dates, times, and routes. The parade changes dates each year (last year it was in July), and we found it quite difficult to corroborate street closure information (we weren’t able to find it on DC government pages). I hope you enjoyed your visit nonetheless!

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