From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
Regularly voted DC’s Best Parade by Washington City Paper, the Pride Parade is a spectacle you shouldn’t miss. As for the Pride Festival, this is the 17th year that the festival is being held on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets NW, complete with entertainers, beverage gardens, food vendors, a dance tent and much more.
The Pride Parade is tomorrow, Saturday, June 8. It kicks off at 4:30 pm at 22nd and P Streets NW, just west of Dupont Circle. The route will stretch for about a mile and a half, weaving it’s way through the Dupont Circle area before ending at 14th and R Streets NW in the Logan Circle area. This is the first time that the parade will travel north on 14th Street, a testament to how popular this corridor has become.
Organizers expect more than 100,000 spectators to be on hand for the parade this year, so if you’re planning to stake out a good spot to watch, you should do so early. And you’ll want to have a good viewing location as there are more than 170 contingents in the parade from local businesses, Capital Pride Heroes, politicians, drag queens and more. The contingents are made up of floats, vehicles, entertainers and whatever else people can think of.
Lynda Carter, best known for her role as “Wonder Woman,” will be serving as Super Grand Marshal of the parade this year. For a list of all the award categories this year, check out Capital Pride Parade Awards page, and for a list of the winners from last year, check out Borderstan’s write-up on the parade.
After all the excitement of the Pride Parade on Saturday, keep the weekend fun going by heading over to the Pride Festival on Sunday, June 9, on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets NW. Exhibit hours are from 12 to 7 pm and the main stage activities will continue until sunset. With the Capitol Building as the backdrop, expect to join more than 150,000 spectators taking in the entertainers and politicians; enjoying the food and drink at the two beverage gardens, at Taste @ Pride, or at any of the many food vendors on hand.
There will be three stages at the festival with a range of local and national entertainers. At the Capitol Stage, located at the east end of the festival, the featured headliners include: Emeli Sandé, Icona Pop and Cher Lloyd. The Dupont Stage, located more toward the center of the festival, will have various styles of entertainers (featured headliner: Eric Himan and the Soultre Singers) and promises to be a bit more relaxing. The Monument Dance Tent is a new addition to the festival this year and will primarily feature DJs and will be equipped with a shaded dance floor.
This entire weekend is going to make for quite the Pride party – we hope to see you out there!
As the 12 days of Capital Pride come to a close, make sure to mark your calendar for its largest event: The Capital Pride Festival.
On Sunday, June 10, join more than 250,000 people for a day-long celebration in front of our nation’s Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 7th Streets.
This year’s Pride Festival includes an inaugural Art Fair, as well as a full day of music, food, entertainment and education. Deborah Cox, a multi-platinum selling R&B singer, will headline the entertainment.
The Festival begins at 11 am and goes until 6 pm. It is open to everyone and is a family friendly event. However, due to DC’s summer heat and hot asphalt, organizers of the festival encourage participants to leave their four-legged family members at home.
New Areas at Festival
- [email protected] features local chef tastings and a Barefoot Wine sangria bar for just $20. Participating restaurants include Boqueria, Dirty Martini, Luke’s Lobster, Georgetown Cupcakes and 360.
- The Demonstration Tent will highlight the talents of our local community in dancesport, roller derby, square dancing, fitness, and line dancing.
- The Family Area will have large inflatables, crafts and games, and resources for LGBT families.
Attendees are encouraged to take Metro transportation since parking is limited. The closest stops to the Festival entrance are Archives/Navy Memorial (Green and Yellow lines) and Judiciary Square (Red line).
The twelve days of Pride are back this year, bringing non-stop action to the District from May 30 through June 10.
And best of all, most of the events will take place in the Borderstan neighborhood – so you can show your pride without so much as a metro ride!
- Screen on the Green & Picnic in the Park will take place on June 2 from 6 to 10 pm. Pack your own picnic basket and head over to Stead Park (17th and Church Streets NW) to enjoy the independent feature: READY? OK!
- On June 3, get ready to root-root-root for your favorite team at the 2nd Annual Drag Ball Game. From 3 to 5 pm, cheer on the drag-clad Stonewall Kickball players and DC’s loveliest Queens in kickball uniforms at Stead Park as they compete for the winning title!
- On a more scandalous note, Capital Pride will host an underwear and swim suit fashion show and auction party on June 6 from 10 pm until 1:45 am at Cobalt (1639 R Street NW). And yes, you can buy Universal Gear swimwear and underwear from Andrew Christian right off the models!
- And don’t miss out on your opportunity to speak with Mayor Vincent Gray on LGBTA politics on June 7 at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives. The evening will begin with a light reception, followed by a discussion with the mayor. The second half will include a panel discussion with LGBTA individuals involved in politics.
The Dupont Circle neighborhood has long been considered the center of the gay community in DC, and Borderstan.com is proud to be among this year’s sponsors. We will cover a number of Pride events, including the Parade and Festival, so stay tuned for more information!
In the meantime, you can find an entire list of this year’s events, as well as details on each event, on Capital Pride’s website calendar.
The 37th Annual Capital Pride Heroes Gala & Silent Auction will take place Wednesday, May 30, at Living Social’s chic downtown location (918 F Street NW).
The event, which helps kick-off the yearly Capital Pride Festival, recognizes community-nominated individuals who have helped to further the causes of the LGBT community.
A $50 ticket gets you access to an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment throughout the gala and auction, which runs from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Tickets to the event are limited to 200 people and can be purchased online.
Recipients of this year’s Heroes Award:
- Andrew Barnett, executive director of metro D.C.’s Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL).
- Eboné Bell, whose BOI Marketing & Promotions gives DC its annual Capital Queer Prom.
- Michelle Benecke, cofounder of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.
- Kevin Paul Platte, founder of the DC Cowboys.
- Justin B. Terry-Smith, volunteer Maryland Defense Force and HIV activist.
So come on out in your best cocktail attire and support those who pave the way for pride in our community!
Borderstan.com is proud to be a Bronze sponsor and media partner with Capital Pride 2012.
Think you’ve got what it takes to win the title of “Mr.” or “Miss” at this year’s Capital Pride 2012 contest? Then brush out your curls, do a few extra push-ups and get yourself to Town Danceboutique on Saturday night, May 12, to compete this year’s most prideful pageant.
If you prefer to watch the competing belles and beaus, a $10 dollar cover charge gets you in on the action and helps to support 2012 Capital Pride activities. The show starts at 6 pm!
While the contest is tomorrow night, entry applications for the contest are available online with a $50 entry fee.
By Mike Kohn
From Near Collapse to Luxury Condos
Remember the mansion-turned-apartments at 16th and T NW that nearly collapsed in 2008? Not only did the residents have to evacuate, but the residents of some of the adjoining buildings had to temporarily leave their homes, too. The owners then decided to demolish the building, but after a protest to protect the historic structure, the city stepped in and saved the property. Now there are three luxury condo units in the building, with two still available. Jan Evans of Washington Fine Properties reports that “Unit W is two floors with private circular driveway… and the Penthouse comes with a rooftop garden.” Unit W is listed for $1.499 million while the penthouse price tag is $1.299 million.
Whole Foods to Bring on the Booze
The Whole Foods at 14th and P Streets NW has long been selling beer and wine. But now they’re about to become the first grocer in the District to serve alcohol to patrons stopping in for a bite to eat. TBD has the full report on how the upscale mart is taking advantage of a little-known amendment that the D.C. council passed back in 2008.
The Capital Pride Festival continues Sunday on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 7th Streets. RuPaul headlines on the main stage. Full listing of events at Capital Pride’s Web site (links in Flash at top of page), including Saturday parade and Sunday festival maps. Also, see RWDC: MTV Crews Shooting at Pride Events this Weekend.
The Capital Pride Festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through Sunday. Full listing of events at Capital Pride’s Web site (links in Flash at top of page), including Saturday parade and Sunday festival maps. Also, see RWDC: MTV Crews Shooting at Pride Events this Weekend.