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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 2019, Capital Pride will commemorate 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, and will aim to advance the cause of equal rights, human dignity, and a prejudice-free world. This year, it will illuminate the nation’s capital from May 31 to June 9, with the iconic Capital Pride Parade kicking off on Saturday, June 8 in the heart of the city’s gayborhoods, Dupont Circle and Logan Circle. From 4:30pm to 7:30pm, you can look forward to a series of colorful floats that will proceed along the 1.5-mile route.
On the same day, from 4pm to 10pm, the popular Block Party will be returning to Dupont Circle for its 3rd edition. The event is free, and you can expect plenty of entertainment along with food and beverage options. DJs include DJ Rosie and DJ Honey.
But the DC Pride Weekend doesn’t end there! The following day, on Sunday, June 9, the capital comes alive for one massive Pride Festival on historic Pennsylvania Avenue. From 12pm to 10pm, there’ll be three stages’ worth of entertainment showcasing local and national talent. The festival also welcomes 300 exhibitors relating to the LGBTQ community, as well as loads of food and beverage options - perfection!
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