The first DC Pride, also known today as Capital Pride, took place in 1972, and since then it has handsomely evolved into one of the biggest, most exciting pride celebrations in the USA. For ten days, you can expect the nation’s capital to come alive with a host of lively events including a pride brunch, a block party, and of course one incredible pride parade. Capital Pride is held in early June each year in Washington, D.C.
Capital Pride was originally called Gay Pride Day. It changed its name to Gay and Lesbian Pride Day in 1981, and to Capital Pride in 2000.
Along with Capital Pride, Washington DC also hosts DC Black Pride, Youth Pride, Silver Pride, and Capital Trans Pride earlier in May. DC Latinx Pride happens in early June.
D.C. Black Pride is the first official black gay pride event in the United States and one of two officially recognized festivals for the African American LGBT community. Since 1991, tens of thousands from the D.C. metro area and beyond gather to acknowledge the progression of the black LGBT community every Memorial Day weekend. The estimated attendance at the 2017 pride event was approximately 30,000, the second largest black pride festival in the nation.
What is Youth Pride Day?
Youth Pride Day typically occurs late April/early May in Washington, DC. The first Youth Pride Day occurred in Dupont Circle Park in 1997 with over 900 young people coming out to celebrate awareness, visibility and pride with performances, games, speakers, resources. The attendees are LGBTQ and allies, 24 and under.
Silver Pride is a free community event in Washington, DC offering a day of workshops, resources, and social experiences for LGBTQ people 60 and over.
Capital Trans Pride draws together members of the transgender and gender non-conforming community, allies, colleagues, family, and friends for a weekend of celebration, workshops, networking, and panel discussions on a variety of issues important to the Trans community.
Every year, the Latino GLBT History Project coordinates and executes multiple working components of DC Pride in collaboration with Capital Pride. This collective is known as Latinx Pride and is a staple track of D.C. Pride festivities and events.
For full details on Capital Pride 2022, be sure to check out the official event program. Happy Pride!
The theme for Capital Pride 2021 is #StillWe, which aims to honor the strength, resilience, and unwavering sense of solidarity within the LGBTQ community - particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. For Capital Pride 2021, there will be a series of online and in-person events which will run over the course of Pride Month. One of the highly anticipated events will be Paint the Town Colorful, which will run for all of Pride Month. The initiative will encourage homes, public buildings, and businesses to decorate their facades and windows in pride-related decorations, signs, and art. Not only will the event be fun, but it will also aim to promote visibility, joy, and pride within the city's many local communities.
The highlight of Capital Pride 2021 will arguably be the Colorful Pride Mobile Parade. Taking place on June 12 from 3pm to 6pm, the pride parade will feature the official Pridemobile trolly, followed by a series of bright floats decorated by registered organizations and businesses. The procession will travel throughout the city, with the parade route available closer to the event on the official Capital Pride website.
Along with this key event, pride enthusiasts will also be able to enjoy a series of other LGBTQ-related entertainment during the month of pride in DC. A much anticipated Taste of Pride Brunch will take place on June 13 from 11am to 3pm, while pertinent LGBTQ topics will be acknowledged and discussed at Pride Talks: We Are Colorful, which will transpire virtually from 7pm on June 1.
So whether you plan to decorate your home in pride colors, attend the festive pride parade, or mingle with the community at Taste of Pride Brunch, DC will sure be packing a punch this year at Capital Pride 2021. We can't wait to see you there!