Princess Walton of Camp Springs led dancers with the Blu Tantrum Mas Band as the annual Caribbean Carnival made its way down Georgia Avenue last summer. (Jahi Chikwendiu/TWP)

If you’ve never made it over to Georgia Avenue for the annual D.C. Caribbean Carnival, man, get yourself there! The music! The food! The dancing! The friendly smiles! It’s almost like a trip to the islands themselves.

Kirk Robinson in mudface at last summer’s parade. (Jahi Chikwendiu)

Then the Caribbean Fest starts up at noon, at the Howard Center parking facility on Georgia Avenue at Bryant Street NW. Admission to the festival — which will offer music, food and crafts -- is $10 (free for seniors and kids under 12) and will buy you camaraderie with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of happy people.