One of the nation's most prominent Gay Pride events, Capital Pride takes place in Washington, DC, in early June (the weekend of June 7 and June 9, 2013) but with many events throughout the preceding week) and draws legions of participants from all over the country.
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 Pride Idol, a Pride Ride, Trans-Pride Day, Pride Shabbat, a women's networking social hour, an interfaith service, an evening with the mayor at DC City Hall, a historic gay DC walking tour, and more. Also, in late May, thousands of GLBT people of color turn out for Washington DC Black Pride.
On Saturday afternoon, June 8, 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. Here's a detailed map of the parade route. Grand marshals leading Capital Pride this year include Wonder Woman actress and singer Lynda Carter, and Brigadier General Tammy S. Smith, of the United States Army Reserve.
On Sunday, June 9, from noon until 7 pm, in the shadows of the U.S. Capitol Building, more than 150,000 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 (Emeli Sandé, Icona Pop, and Cher Lloyd headline this year, among dozens of other great performers), plus speakers, a family section, and much more. Admission is free, though a $10 to $20 donation is greatly appreciated.
You can read the Official 2013 DC Pride Guide here.
Additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have 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.