Parades, parties and more: Washington D.C. celebrates LGBTQ+ pride

May 11, 2019

 

The Capital Pride Alliance serves DC’s LGBTQ+ community through entertainment, community outreach and diversity celebrations. Each year, the nonprofit organisation curates Capital Pride, which features a popular collection of events including the Pride Parade, Festival and Concert.

 

Here are the details of the events:

 

This year's theme is “shhhOUT: Past, Present & Proud,” which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

 

Capital Pride:


DC’s annual four-day event is one of the largest Pride celebrations in the nation. Thousands converge on the nation’s capital for the long weekend of citywide events, including a parade, festival and block party, high-profile concert, road race and an equality march.

 

DC Black Pride:

 

One of the nation's largest and the first (1991) African-American Gay Pride events, attracting more than 35,000 participants, DC Black Pride takes place in Washington, DC in late May over Memorial Day Weekend each year.

 

 

Pride Honors: 

 

This gala at the Smithsonian American Art Museum mixes an evening of honoring leaders and activists in the LGBTQ+ community and plenty of socializing with Capital Pride Alliance’s donors and volunteers. 

 

Nationals Night Out: 

 

Each year the Washington Nationals host a Night Out to support the local LGBTQ+ community. Catch plenty of exciting baseball action, along with brews, Anthony Rendon bombs and all of the great eats at Nationals Park. Get tickets to this year’s Night Out, which takes place on June 4 against the Chicago White Sox.

 

 

Capital Pride Rooftop Rally: 

 

The VIDA Penthouse Pool and Lounge on the Capitol Riverfront hosts this Thursday night pool party that will feature cocktails, appetizers and plenty of socializing with Capital Pride Alliance’s donors and volunteers. You also better be ready to dance, as DJs will be spinning.

 

DC Front Runners Pride Run 5K: 

 

Make sure to register for this chip-timed 5K that will raise funds for local LGBTQ+ charities. After the race, which begins at the scenic Congressional Cemetery, kick back at the finish line party, which will include beer for racers, a DJ, live entertainment and awards for the top performers in the race.

 

RIOT! The Pride Opening Party: 

 

The Capital Pride Opening Party will be a night to remember. This event commemorating the Stonewall Riots and the activism that followed is put on by the Capital Pride Alliance and will be quite the spectacle, including plenty of DJs and dancing, photo booths and so much more.

 

Pride Brunch:

 

Saturday, June 8 is a big day for the Capital Pride celebration, so start it off right with a delicious meal and great company during the Pride Brunch. Expect special guests along with a gourmet buffet and complimentary mimosas and vodka drinks at the Human Rights Campaign headquarters.

 

Capital Pride Block Party:

 

For the third year, Capital Pride will feature a free block party at 15th Street NW and P Street NW, adjacent to the famous Pride Parade. Get ready for some serious revelry with live entertainment, bites from local food trucks and an impressive beer garden.

 

Pride Parade: 

 

Capital Pride’s signature event is the Pride Parade, which will feature thousands of people marching through Dupont Circle into Logan Circle in honor of LGBTQ+ resilience. More than 200 contingents, including floats, vehicles, local businesses, politicians, community groups and drag queens will also join the procession. Bleacher tickets are available, as well as a family viewing area, for this wonderful and passion-filled event.

 

The Capital Pride Festival & Concert:

 

Four days of LGBTQ+ celebrations come to a grand conclusion with the Pride Festival and Concert. The festival is held on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets NW. The family-friendly event is free and open to all, with donations graciously accepted. Expect more than 300 exhibitors, including local and community groups, local businesses, food vendors, restaurants and national sponsors.

 

The concert, which begins at 1 p.m., is presented by Hot 99.5 and will feature performances by some of today's biggest pop stars and many other talented artists with the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument as backdrops. VIP passes, which include complimentary drinks, and pit passes are available for this can't-miss summer concert.

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