It’s the most colorful time of the year.
Marchers are slated to cheer, dance and sing their way down streets in Dupont and Logan Circle Saturday afternoon as part of this year’s Capital Pride Parade.
The parade will begin at 22nd and P streets NW at approximately 4:30 p.m., according to organizers. This year’s parade includes 180 groups made up of floats, vehicles and locals on foot, all led by grand marshall Leslie Jordan.
Mayor Bowser, members of the D.C. Council and other local officials will march in the parade and participate in the festivities.
If you’re looking to catch the festivities this year, take note: Attendees usually claim spots along the route hours in advance to get an up-close look at the floats and to increase their chances of catching beads and candy.
Rainbow flags lined the the streets in Dupont and Logan Circle as the city celebrated during last Saturday’s Pride Parade.
Though D.C. activated its heat emergency plan earlier in the day, thousands of people turned out to celebrate the occasion.
Atop decorated floats and on foot, revelers traveled the 1.5-mile parade route to hand out candy, beads, T-shirts and the occasional high five. This year’s theme was “Flashback,” and many in attendance donned colorful costumes meant to evoke past Pride celebrations.
And plenty of people wore speedos.
At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, couples will gather on the hotel’s roof for complimentary snacks and beverages. Forty-five minutes later, the mass ceremony, led by Pop! Wed’s officiant, Steven Gaudaen, will begin.
Kathryn Hamm, publisher of GayWeddings.com — a site that was officially acquired by WeddingWire just yesterday — was the one who conceived the idea for Saturday’s event.
“We welcome LGBTQ and heterosexual couples,” Hamm says. “Anyone who is looking for the opportunity to celebrate in Pride style.”
Hamm expects as many as 50 or more couples could show up on the day of the ceremony.
After renewing their views, couples will be able to craft their own parade-worthy “just remarried” signs with markers, poster board and wooden sticks provided by the event’s organizers.
And Hamm says not to worry about wearing a tuxedo or a wedding dress.
“This is Pride,” she says. “Come dressed colorfully and comfortably.”
Though the event is free, RSVPing ahead of time is highly encouraged.
Photo courtesy of Maggie Winters Photography
Dupont Circle’s beloved taxidermied groundhog will make an appearance in this year’s Pride Parade.
Potomac Phil — the stuffed woodchuck that Dupont residents consult each year on Groundhog Day — will be hoisted from the top of a Pride Parade float made specially for him.
“He’ll be on top of an SUV that will be totally decorated to look like the Popemobile.” says Aaron DeNu, co-founder of Dupont Festival and the man behind the famous whistlepig.
This will be Phil’s first appearance in a Pride-related event.
“He only comes out a couple times a year,” says DeNu. “He’s a humble, unflinching prognosticator.”
Commissary’s Shut Up and Dance cocktail, a blend of pineapple-infused vodka, sage, mint, ginger, and lime will be sold all weekend for $8. Seven-drink pitchers of the cocktail will also be available for $48.
Logan Tavern will be serving a drink called the Stonewall Strawberry, an amalgam of strawberry infused vodka, mint, simple syrup, St. Germaine and soda. That cocktail will only be available on Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Both Logan Tavern and Commissary are located along this year’s Pride Parade route.
Photos courtesy of Zest PR
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!
At last week’s ANC 2F meeting, Capital Pride announced it will change the end of the parade’s route. In the past, the parade turned south after 14th and P Streets NW to end in Thomas Circle. This year, the parade will head north on 14th and end at S Street NW.
A map of this year’s Pride Parade is available on the Capital Pride website. The 2013 parade will take place on Saturday, June 8 at 4:30 pm.
As in past years, the parade will begin at P and 22nd Streets NW. It will go around Dupont Circle, up New Hampshire to R, down 17th Street and then east along P Street before hitting 14th Street.