Even though they celebrated in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, the sun scorched revelers of the Capital Pride Festival Sunday, kicking off a short-term heat wave this week in the District.
D.C. Fire and Emergency Management Services reported no unusual increase in the number of heat-related patients from the festival, despite the spike in temperatures and the high concentration of people along Pennsylvania Avenue.
Conventional methods of staying cool were perhaps upstaged this year by peppermint foam fired into the air, raining down near the Newseum. Only a block away, the young and young-at-heart climbed a two-story inflatable waterslide, with wipeouts more common than perfect landings.
The event marked the 42nd year for the festival, featuring 300 exhibitors and culminating with a sunset dance party.