H Street NE Festival 1: Art, Dancing and Political Tees

WASHINGTON, DC—H Street, Washington’s newest hip neighborhood held a street festival today that drew crowds from around the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia). Businesses along the NE corridor (from about 8th to 15th streets) opened their doors and the street was filled with vendors and organizations from throughout the city. There were several stages with live music, a hair show, information on Green initiatives, all kinds of bicycle-related products and promtions and dancing in the street hosted by Joy of Motion Dance Center. Meanwhile, Smokey’s Barber shop was cutting heads like any other Saturday, t-shirts announced political preferences and artists exhibited their work.

More observations from The H Street Festival.

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Above, Local dance center gets the crowd to experience the Joy of Motion. Top of page, Detail of works by Brandon Hill, co-founder of No Kings Collective.

Festival goers in front of a painting by artist Cassie Taggart.

Detail of “Hives” by Cassie Taggart.

When asked, this book vendor was proud to pose for a photo in his Obama tee.

A couple of men were selling their “I Got His Back” Obama tees from a table along H Street.

There were even pro-Marion Barry tees…but none supporting Romney/Ryan were observed.

This artfully coiffed man was wearing a Warhol-inspired Obama tee that he said he bought yesterday from the Urban Outfitters in Tyson’s Corner, Va.

More collage and mixed-media on canvas works by Brandon Hill.

One of five stages at the festival that featured live music, a hair show and an eating contest. Here, a band performs Brazilian music.

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