From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
As of last night, Capital Pride Week is officially underway in DC. The opening events on Wednesday included the 2nd Annual Jewish Pride Happy Hour and the Heroes Gala, an annual event honoring those that have “helped to enrich the community and reflect the values and mission of Capital Pride.”
But don’t worry in case you missed out on these events. From now through June 9, there will be plenty of parties, town hall meetings, games and much more. And that’s all before the big events of the Pride Parade on the 8th and the Closing Party on the 9th. Open to any and all, for those within the LGBT community and/or those that support the LGBT community, Capital Pride Week is a great way to connect with your neighbors and neighborhood.
A Brief History of Pride Week
Capital Pride Week has existed in DC in one form or another for the past 38 years. In 1975, Deacon Maccubbin organized the first event, which was essentially a one-day block party and was held on 20th Street. Since then, the event has steadily grown to the point where instead of being organized by one individual, it’s now run by Capital Pride Alliance, Inc. Instead of being contained to one day and one city block, Pride Week now stretches close to two weeks with events taking place all around DC.
Volunteer or Stay Informed
If you enjoy celebrating and want to get more hands-on with making sure everything goes according to plan at Pride Week, it’s not too late to volunteer. Just head over to the registration page and become one of the many people that make this annual event run so smoothly.