One of the nation's most prominent Gay Pride events, Capital Pride takes place in Washington, DC, in early June (the weekend of June 10 and 11, 2017) but with many events throughout the preceding week) and draws legions of participants from all over the country. The event takes place a couple of weeks after another major LGBT event in the capital, DC Black Gay Pride.
Details about DC Pride will be provided as information is released. Here's a look back at last year's event, which included performance by headliners Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, Alex Newell, and Melanie Martinez.
Although the main components of Washington, DC Gay Pride are the Capital Pride Parade on Saturday, and the Annual Capital Pride Street Festival the following day, the city's Pride festivities actually include a number of parties, gatherings, and activities that take place during the 10 days or so leading up to the big weekend - here's a full calendar of events with more details on the various activities, including Day in the Dark, a DC Pride Bike Party, Trans-Pride Day, Pride Shabbat, a women's spoken word event, an interfaith service, an outdoor movie, and more.
On Saturday afternoon, at 4:30 pm, the Capital Pride Parade commences in the Dupont Circle neighborhood around P and 22rd Sts. NW. From here it moves east along P Street, turns north at Dupont Circle, northeast along New Hampshire Avenue, cuts east on R Street, turns south down 17th Street, then rejoins P Street and moves east to 14th Street, where it makes a final turn north and ends at 14th and R Sts. NW, smack dab in the middle of the Logan Circle neighborhood's increasingly hip and vibrant restaurant scene.
On Sunday, from noon until 7 pm (with music performances continuing until 9 pm), in the shadows of the U.S. Capitol Building, more than 200,000 people will attend the Capital Pride Street Festival, which takes place at Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 3rd and 7th streets, just northwest of the Capitol grounds. The festival includes several stages with live entertainment, plus speakers, a family section, and much more. Admission is free, though a $10 to $20 donation is greatly appreciated.
D.C. Gay Resources
For suggestions about where to play and socialize during Pride week, check out the Washington DC Gay Bars Guide, and for great lodging recommendations, have a look at the Washington DC Gay-Friendly Hotels Guide, and shops having special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check local gay papers, such as Metro Weekly and the Washington Blade for details. Another helpful resource is Destination DC's official Gay and Lesbian Travel Site.