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Mayoral rivals at D.C. Caribbean parade

Chris Stanford

The D.C. Caribbean Carnival kicked off Saturday with an hours-long parade, and politicians were right up front.

Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) warmed up the crowd with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) following behind her. Fenty had a major contingency and a traditional Caribbean Carnival float, complete with attractive women and loud music.

The crowd in the Park View and Petworth neighborhoods screamed and cheered for the beads, but the reception for Fenty the candidate was a mix of claps and boos.

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), Fenty's chief rival in the September Democratic primary, chose a firetruck as his float. Gray's group of volunteers were severely dwarfed by Fenty's entourage. But people in the crowd wanted to shake hands, hug and take pictures with Gray. And with temperatures soaring and people tired of walking, some in the crowd screamed for the Segway that son Carlos Gray was riding down Georgia Avenue.

The avenue promises to be a center of primary politics this year. Fenty had already moved his headquarters into the old Curtis Chevrolet building.

Gray, whose headquarters is downtown, is holding a grand opening Saturday of his field office just more than a mile away from Fenty's camp.

By Nikita Stewart  |  June 26, 2010; 2:55 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray  
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Let me just say that I was embarrased for this city and felt really bad for those residents and visitors who came out to enjoy the Annual Caribbean Carnival Parade. Mayor Fenty totally and completely took this parade over in such a rude and disgusting way. He would not allow the parade to progress in its normal fashion, instead he took time to grandstand and try to force people to speak to him and his enterouge. This parade was NOT about either candidate in any local election, it was about celebrating the Caribbean people and their culture and instead it appeared that he was the main reason for the parade.

He held the parade up so much that folk were getting angry and telling him to go ahead and let the parade commence. It showed everyone what this Mayor is about, "HIMSELF" and not the residents of DC.

Mayor Fenty was an example of inviting someone to your home and they bring their entire family and then hold up dinner for hours so that everyone can admire their new car, outfit, family pics, etc. Simple etiquette...consider others and have respect for others and their time, at their venue.

Learn it or don't but the polls will teach you it's own lessons.

Posted by: lacairaine | June 26, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

lacairaine, thank you for this information. I didn't attend the festival because I don't like large crowds anyone. King Fenty is trying to reach out to the black D.C. voters, after he has kicked them to the curb. Black D.C. voters are not stupid and many down right hate Adrian King Fenty. I look forward in seeing King Fenty getting defeated and disappearing off the Washington scene. Once he's a private citizen again, I am going to curse him out to his face and tell him what to kiss. All the bad Karma coming King Fenty's way, he deserves it.

Posted by: Ward4DC | June 26, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Was Fenty paying the people on his float?

Lacairaine - thanks for the scoop on the parade. Like ward4DC, I arrived late to avoid the crowds and was surprised to find the parade in full swing after 4PM. Your post explains it.

Gray headquarters was bustling too. I got myself a Gray T-shirt which I intend to wear all over the place.

Posted by: efavorite | June 26, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

It seems that every time I try to post a comment that does not favor the mayor, this site WaPo always has to review it. If you, the WaPo only wants good reviews about Fenty, then say so in your opening page. I can go to another site that lets its' bloggers speak their mind.

Posted by: fivetogo | June 27, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

FYI to the Washington Post. The people are way ahead of you. You keep reporting that people don't like Fenty because he is not warm & fuzzy. The truth is, we don't like him because he has abused his power. And he is a taker and a user, on and on. These are not "personality traits." These are the things that distinguish an unethical person from an ethical one. We want an ethical one and we deserve an ethical mayor and the Post needs to acknowledge that we are not being petty; we are taking the high road. It is the Post that is not seeing the big picture.

Posted by: tacard1 | June 27, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

You Gray campaign people are starting to sound canned. Can you let a blog pass without your tired Anyboody but Fenty lines.

The man is not the devil you try to paint him to be. George Bush isn't the devil you make Fenty out to be.

Posted by: politicalrealist | June 27, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

lacairaine wrote:
"Simple etiquette...consider others and have respect for others and their time, at their venue."

I usually attend the parade and have a wonderful time, but I opted to skip it this year, because of the tone of this campaign season. I knew that mental corpses would show up and hijack the event.

Posted by: logosdesigns | June 28, 2010 3:59 AM | Report abuse

I was told the samething that fenty heldup the parade as if it was for HIM???? It was hot and he made it a longer parade than it had to be...soooo selfish and I was also told that the beads he threw out were thrown right back at him....this was a day to celebrate have fun and eat some good food! But once again fenty tried to make it about him....NOT!

Posted by: | June 28, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

In addition to Fenty holding up the parade, his team and the guest DJ from NY was shouting out to the crowds of people who disapprove of Fenty that they were haters and that our disapproval doesn't matter because we don't vote anyway! How insulting is this to the citizens of this city. I hope and pray they his taunting will motivate people to show up at the polls and deliver him a much deserved defeat.

Posted by: TalkingBack | June 28, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

it seems like there is always a missing element to stories. Do reporters actually go to the events they cover anymore?

Posted by: mamaspearl | June 28, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

@Tacard1, You are 100% correct. The WaPo does not have to print anything negative about the current mayor, the "drum beats" are still being used to deliver the message. Your pet-mayor is doomed.

Posted by: fivetogo | June 29, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

It's true;Fenty showed up and bullied the Caribbean festival organizers by delaying the festival for 2hrs so his 100+ mindless, drones could start the parade. The organizers were disgusted and pissed!

The attendees that were waiting by Fenty’s headquarters knew exactly why the parade was late; they booed and threw food at Fenty and his follies.

Posted by: GoldCoast | June 29, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

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