This article was published on June 18th, 2016
Last weekend’s Capital Pride in Washington, D.C. was one that will go down in the history books to remember. What started off as an incredible weekend was turned into tragedy for the LGBT community after 49 people where murdered at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, and dozens more injured. With all its strength, Capital Pride organizers, thousands of people from the LGBT community, and allies, all rallied together to make sure they were seen, heard, and to be out and proud. People celebrated in solidarity.
The weekend kicked off with Capital Pride and Brightest Young Gays presenting HEX The Abracadabulous Opening Party. Hosted at Union Market at Dock 5, the unique indoor / outdoor venue welcomed thousands of Pride party-goers to enjoy the weekend kick-off celebrations. There were spectacular performances, dancing, and fun outdoor activities including a gladiator pit for the more adventurous people.
Saturday morning, well, more like mid-day, all the popular brunch spots were packed as revelers fueled up for what would become an awesome day of activities. Bottomless mimosas were certainly in store!
At 4:30pm, the Capital Pride parade kicked off. The Dykes on Bikes led the procession, followed by the The Old Guard, and then the Grand Marshal, Lesley Jordan, better known for his role as Beverly Lesley in the hit TV show, Will & Grace.
The Capital Pride parade, which lasted more than two hours, featured entries from LGBT rights and equality organizations, political parties, corporate partners, and local and community not-for-profits. The parade route was lined with thousands of people, and in some places, up to 20 people deep.
The main event on Saturday night was the Distrikt C Pride Party powered by Scruff. Set at the new D.C. Eagle location, in the warehouse district, the event drew a massive crowd. The unique industrial vintage building was the perfect fit for a all-night dance party, attracting guys from leather daddy’s and their pups, to circuit kweens decked out in neon and LED lights. DJ’s Mark DeMarko and Manny Lehman kept the dance floor moving all night long, and Jade Startling put on a spectacular live performance, singing her new anthem, Party 2 Life and fan favourite, Catch Me I’m Falling. See more photos from Distrikt C Pride Party.
As people awoke on Sunday morning to learn about the largest mass shooting in United States history, the LGBT community was in shock. But the community pulled together, and stood strong and united. In true fashion, people rallied together to stand up, and to be out and proud. They gathered at the Capital Pride Festival, for what would become the largest attended festival in its history. It was a sign of solidarity.
The Capital Pride Festival featured acts on the main stage by Bob The Drag Queen, Charlie Puth, and Meghan Trainor. Each lit up the crowd with their spectacular performances. It was an afternoon of love, laughter, celebration, honour, and respect. See more photos of Capital Pride Festival.
Celebrating Pride in the nations capital is fun, unique, and exciting. Best of all, if you need to take a break from the festivities, you’re only a few blocks away from some of the best monuments, buildings, and landmarks in the United States.