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We encourage all of our readers to travel to Washington, DC to celebrate pride right here in the nation’s capital early this June. The Capital Pride Celebration is taking place from May 31st through June 9th, and will feature a number of exciting events, vibrant celebrations, and important messaging. From the central parade to parties, a brunch, festival, rally, and concert, here’s a guide to what we’re most looking forward to at Capital Pride 2019.

Rooftop Rally

June 6th

Capital Pride Celebration Weekend will kick off with a night under the stars at the Rooftop Rally. Come out and party with music from live DJs, as well as cocktails, appetizers and VIP guests. The evening will be put on by a collection of Capital Pride volunteers, donors, advocates, and supporters of the Capital Pride Alliance. Check out the Capital Pride website for more details as the date approaches.

Opening Party

June 7th

The Capital Pride Opening Party is considered one of the most exciting and magical DC parties of the year. The theme of this year’s Pride festival is “shhhOUT: Past, Present, & Proud!” Attendees of the Opening Party are encouraged to interpret this theme as they wish with their outfits, and spirits.

The Capital Pride Opening Party will take place 20 minutes by car from Capitol Hill Hotel at Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE from 9pm-3:30am.

Pride Brunch

June 8th

June 8th will be a popping day for the Capital Pride Alliance as it puts on a Pride Brunch, Pride Block Party, and Pride Parade. The delicious gourmet brunch will kick things off in the late morning and early afternoon. Attendees will be able to eat dishes prepared at a variety of brunch tasting stations along with complimentary mimosas and vodka drinks. Special guests like the Pride Parade grand marshals, Pride 2019 Honorees and others will be in attendance.

The Pride Brunch will take place at the Human Rights Campaign offices at 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW from 11:30am-2:30pm.

Parade

June 8th

The Capital Pride Parade will take DC’s LGBTQ+ community and traveling allies on a jaunt through the historic neighborhoods of Dupont Circle and Logan Circle. Every year, over 200 participating organizations come out and fill out the mile-and-a-half route with unique floats, marching groups, live entertainment, and more.

Those taking the DC Metro can find the parade’s start at the Red Line stop of Dupont Circle, and the end of the parade at the Green line stop of U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo-13th St. Exit. The parade will run from 4:30pm-8pm.

Block Party

June 8th

The third annual Pride Block Party will be the hangout post-parade. This after-party for the Pride Parade sets off in Dupont Circle, and takes place all afternoon into the evening. Expect live entertainment, food from acclaimed local vendors, drinks, and more. The Capital Pride Block Party is free to the public, however donations are encouraged, as all support goes to Capital Pride Alliance and LGBTQ+ partner organizations.

The Capital Pride Block party will take place at 15th and P streets NW in Dupont Circle from 4pm-10pm.

Festival

June 9th

The Capital Pride Festival will take place on America’s Mainstreet, also known as Pennsylvania Avenue with a full day of live entertainment, music, food from local vendors, drinks, educational events, and all-around celebration. The Pride Festival will be comprised of three stages showcasing performing arts acts from around the country and local areas. There will also be over 300 exhibitors including local community groups, socially-conscious organizations, businesses, and more. This is a family-friendly event that is free and open to the public.

The Capital Pride Festival will take place at Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd Street NW from 12pm-10pm.

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