More than 200,000 people are expected to brave 90-degree weather tomorrow for the eighth annual Adams-Morgan day, a cultural and culinary celebration of one of the city's most vibrant and colorful neighborhoods.
Ethnic food, carnival rides, dance and music that ranges from African to Big Band will be the traditional features of the festival. However, this year the festival will be held in a larger area because its organizers believe that last year's celebration was too crowded.
The new festival area, about 50 percent larger than last year's, forms a T-shape along Columbia Road between Kalorama Road and Champlain street NW and south along 18th Street to California Street.
"We had no choice but to expand the area after last year," said Stephanie Colbert Hopkins, the spokeswoman for the festival. "Last year we expected 100,000 and got 200,000 people. It was absolutely impossible for anyone to move."
The festival, which runs from noon to 8 p.m., will have five stages for music, theater and dance as well as 500 booths for food, drinks, crafts and displays. Carnival rides will be set up at the Marie Reed School.
The organizers suggest that everyone attending the festival bring a can of food to be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank for the needy in the Washington area.
Hopkins said that beverage stands have been increased to eight for soft drinks and 10 for beer in anticipation of the expected high temperatures.
She also recommended that elderly people bring umbrellas and everyone wear a hat to ward off the sun. She said there will be three Red Cross first aid centers and three ambulance crews for any medical emergencies. The city's Department of Public Works decided yesterday to install three drinking fountains in the festival area, Hopkins said.
The police department announced that there will be no parking in the festival area from 4 a.m. Sunday until midnight. Parking will be predictably difficult in the already congested neighborhood. Two nearby Metro stations, Dupont Circle and Woodley Park/National Zoo, are within walking distance of the festival. The Metro subway will stay open until 10 p.m. on Sunday.