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Capital Pride is an LGBT celebration in Washington, D.C., held every year in early June. Consisting of a festival and parade, it’s the largest annual one-day event in the city, attracting more than 150,000 visitors... ... read more

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Capital Pride - Arts Festival | Festival | Food & Drink Event | Music Festival | Parade in Washington, DC.

Capital Pride is an LGBT celebration in Washington, D.C., held every year in early June. Consisting of a festival and parade, it’s the largest annual one-day event in the city, attracting more than 150,000 visitors, 300 sponsor and vendor exhibits, multiple stages, food, beverage gardens, artwork, a family area, and much more.

With roots dating back to 1975, the event aims to celebrate, motivate, and support the area’s diverse communities in order to grow and protect their legacies for future generations. For many years now, the Washington, D.C., pride festivities have taken place on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th streets.

Capital Pride 2013 is free to attend, but organizers suggest supporting the event with either a $10 or $20 donation as one enters the festival grounds.

Capital Pride User Comments

Jessica E. Jun 15, 2013
Capital Pride isn't simply an event, it's an experience within itself. The event is so vast and contains so many different sub-events that there is never one thing going on at a time. This year Capital Pride lasted a little over a week, hosting a number of different events in different locations around D.C. Events which ranged from a 5k to a free concert featuring pop artists Cher Lloyd, Icona Pop, and Emily Sande. I would definitely recommend attending the Pride Parade on Dupont. Not only are there free condoms, candy, and beads but the messages of support, love, and hope that each magnificent float boasts is incredibly heart warming. I have always been surprised to see how many religious groups walk through the parade to show their support for the queer community, and they almost always receive the loudest amount of cheers and applause. Well, with the exception of the vendors who are throwing free food. If you do attend the parade with children, however, I would recommend not being near the fountain due to the amount of nudity and due to the unique 'aroma' being generously shared. Pride is almost always a guaranteed fun time for members and supporters of the queer community, especially if you're looking for a wild and fun time!
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