Annual DC Pride Parade kicks off Saturday

Capital Pride Parade was held in DC Saturday afternoon.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Paint the town rainbow. 

DC's Dupont and Logan Circle communities were full of colorful floats, costumes and LGBTQ pride.

This year’s participants celebrated the theme “Make Magic Happen.”

The theme highlights the often unacknowledged influence of local communities on large scale efforts in the LGBTA community, and is further embodied in this year’s list of attendees.

The Capital Pride Parade brought an average of 100,000 spectators, travel 1.5 miles, and has 200 contingent this year. 

Over the years, the Capital Pride celebration has changed.

Social worker David Hooker discusses some of the changes in the video below:

The embassies of Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden also participated in the event this year.

Richard Turner, an openly gay diplomat from the UK, said “marching alongside my Embassy colleagues …shows the UK is about actions, not words, when it comes to advocating for LGBT rights!”

"This is a record for [the Parade], and may be one for any Pride celebration," Bernie Delia, president of the Capital Pride Alliance Board, said. "The participation by these officials demonstrates the strength of the international community on questions regarding basic human rights for LGBT citizens.”

Elderly LGBT community members from the DC Center reflected on how the Capital Pride Celebration has grown over the years in the video below:

The parade will started on 22nd and P Streets NW and ended on 14th and R Streets NW and ran from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

For more information, you can visit the Capital Pride Alliance website

 


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