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Pride Guide: Everything you need to know about Pride in DC

Let's get loud, let's get proud! The DC Capital Pride Parade and Festival is right around the corner.
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WASHINGTON — The DC Capital Pride Parade and Festival is right around the corner. 

Join the Capital Pride Alliance and WUSA9 June 10 and 11 to celebrate Pride and the LGBTQ+ community.

This year's celebration kicks off Friday, June 2 with an award ceremony honoring outstanding individuals, leaders, and activists in the region who have furthered causes important to the LGBTQ+ community.

Here's a full schedule of events for DC Pride 2023

Friday, June 2:

Capital Pride Honors

  • From 7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., the Capital Pride Alliance will be honoring outstanding individuals, leaders, and activists in the region who have furthered causes important to the LGBTQ+ community at Penn Social in Northwest D.C. 
  • Tickets start at $25 per person to attend the ceremony.
  • All proceeds will go to Capital Pride Alliance and the Pride 365 Fund.

Monday, June 5:

OUTspoken: A Night of Queer Expression

  • Hosted by Busboys and Poets Brookland, doors to the event open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • Audience members can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and an array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, and more!.
  • Tickets start at $15 per person.

Thursday, June 8:

Rooftop Pool Party (POSTPONED)

This event has been postponed to Thursday, June 22.

  • Kicking off at 8 p.m., anyone 21 years old and up is invited to the pool party of the year held at the Penthouse Pool and Lounge on 4th Street in Southeast D.C.
  • Enjoy music, cocktails, and appetizers, all while cooling off in the pool and making new friends.
  • Tickets start at $25 to attend the event. 

Friday, June 9:

 RIOT: Opening Dance Party

  • From 9 p.m. until 3:30 a.m., head to Echostage in Northeast D.C. for the Capital Pride official opening party. 
  • Riot! is a giant dance party featuring a star-studded drag performance line-up including Alaska Thunderf--- and Tatianna from RuPaul’s Drag Race.
  • Tickets start at $25 per person to attend. 

Saturday, June 10: 

Crack of Noon Pride Parade Brunch

  • Pre-game for the parade with an all-you-can-eat brunch and some bubbly at Viceroy Washington, D.C. in Northwest.
  • Tickets start at $60 for the brunch buffet. This includes two drink tickets.

Block Party

  • From noon until 10 p.m., the Capital Pride Block Party will take over historic 17th Street.
  • Attendees can expect entertainment, food and drink, local vendors, and good vibes all around.

Pride Parade 

  • From 3 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., the parade will take place in D.C.'s Logan and Dupont Circle neighborhoods.

Trans Pride Pool Party 

  • From 8 p.m. until midnight, cool off after the parade with a pool party at Penthouse Pool and Lounge on U Street in Northwest D.C.
  • Anyone looking to attend must be 21 years old and older.
  • This event is free to attend, but attendees must register ahead of time online. 


  • From 9 p.m. until 3 a.m., head to this Northeast D.C. event space for a night of music and dancing.
  • The renowned DJ Duo Thunderp--- will be taking the stage.
  • Anyone 18 years old and up is encouraged to attend. 
  • Tickets start at $35 per person. 

Sunday, June 11:

Pride Festival

  • Head to Pennsylvania Avenue anytime from noon until 10 p.m. for the 2023 Pride Festival.
  • Enjoy a full day of entertainment on three stages, food, drink and advocacy with over 300 exhibitors. 
  • This is the largest annual event in the national capital region and it continues to be FREE to the public.

Pride Concert

  • From 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., international and local talent will take the Capital Stage that sits at the east end of the festival on Pennsylvania Avenue at 3rd Street.
  • From 8 p.m. until 10 p.m., a sunset dance part will be held.
  • Idina Menzel is headlining the act. 
  • Other performers include: Hayley Kiyoko, Monet X Change, Rina Sawayama, Debbie Gibson and Shanice.
Credit: Capital Pride Alliance


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