During a long weekend of filming four different events, we spent part of Sunday afternoon away from the Mall and national September 11 commemorations to instead take in the day in one of DC’s more distinctive neighborhoods, Adams Morgan. Some embrace for it for its beautiful architecture, cultural diversity, and its symbolism of unity, drawing its name from two formally segregated schools. Other revile it for its Bourbon Street atmosphere on weekends, replete with police, disorderly conduct and pizza plates littering the ground.
The annual neighborhood festival itself, however, is one of the more successful in the city, celebrating its 33rd year in 2011, coincidentally on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. A grittier counterpart to the DC Arts on Foot festival in Penn Quarter happening the same weekend, AdMo Day featured vendors both local and corporate, with some typical street food that every similar event has (do festivals require funnel cakes?) and some more unique fare, along with music on two stages. An added wrinkle was that it was opening Sunday for the NFL, so the sportsbars of 18th St NW were all packed as well.
With so much going on this weekend and the obvious “holiday” conflict, I was curious how the attendance was going to be, but from my past experiences, I didn’t really see an appreciable dropoff. It was a bit slow around noon, but humming along nicely by halftime of most of the 1pm NFL games. The first truly nice day all week didn’t hurt either.
I got this one down to 5 minutes, which I’m hoping is the cap for all future videos.