D.C. is getting ready for Capital Pride! The event is about coming together in the spirit of community, support and celebration. Thousands of people are expected to attend the weekend's festivities and there looks to be something for everyone to enjoy.
Washington City Paper and Capital Pride come together for a garden party just off the parade route. Enjoy drinks and play some lawn games before heading to parade. Tickets are $15-$55.
Capital Pride Parade
The highlight of the weekend is the parade. Truly one of the largest in D.C. and draws the biggest crowd. Last year the route was extended through Dupont, 17th Street and up through Logan Circle. The event starts at 4:30 PM but get there early to make sure you get a good spot! After the parade, you'll find parties across the city, including events at Dirty Bar, Howard Theatre, Hierarchy and elsewhere. Check out the Capital Pride list for more. The F.U.S.E. Women’s Main Event is teaming up with Capital Pride, this party will take over Dirty Bar featuring three floors of DJs and dancing and a chance to meet the Capital Pride Headliners. Tickets are $15. Mixtape is a D.C. staple, and for the party's 6th Pride event, DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer play The Howard Theatre. Tickets are $10
Black Cat is throwing a two floor, all ages party with Babe Rainbow on top and Hot Sauce on the bottom. It is sure to be a wild night. Tickets are $10.
Hot 99.5 hosts Pride Festival, and present Rita Ora, Bonnie Mckee, Karmin, Betty Who, DJ Cassidy and the top four queens from season 6 of Ru-Paul's drag race all perform. The family friendly festival is jam packed with vendors, attractions and booths.
U Street Music Hall will host their first pride party this year. Nancy Whang of the Juan Maclean DJs alongside Honey Dijon and Honey Soundsystem. Tickets are $10 or free entry with a La Roux 9:30 Club hand stamp.
The last official party of the weekend, that's going to be at Cobalt until 2:00 AM!