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Capital Pride Parade returns to DC after 2 years

Pride festival events, such as the pride parade, will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and run through Monday.

WASHINGTON — For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Capital Pride Festival is taking place in person in the District. As people come together to celebrate and honor the LGBTQIA+ community, D.C. officials have released areas where streets will be closed and parking restrictions will be put in place.

Pride festival events, such as the pride parade, will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 and run through Monday, June 13 at 3 a.m.

The 1.5-mile parade starts promptly at 3 p.m. Saturday at T Street NW, just south of the U Street Metro stop. 

The parade is expected to last about four hours. Music starts at the announcement stand at 2:30 p.m. Organizers ask that you stay out of the street and be clear of parade contingents as they move along the route. Jumping on and off floats and throwing items is prohibited.

An announcement stand is located at the start of the parade route on 14th Street, just south of T Street, as well as on the southside of Dupont Circle, near the parade route's end.   

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Street Closures

  • 3rd Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd Street to 7th Street, NW
  • Constitution Avenue from 3rd Street to 7th Street, NW
  • 4th Street from Madison Drive to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • 6th Street from C Street to Constitution Avenue, NW

Emergency No Parking

  • 3rd Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Madison Drive, SW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd Street to 7th Street, NW
  • Constitution Avenue from 3rd Street to 7th Street, NW
  • 4th Street from Madison Drive to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • 6th Street from C Street to Constitution Avenue, NW

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Drivers can expect to see signage along the impacted roadways alerting people of the road closures. Anyone who parks in an emergency no parking zone will be ticketed and towed.

Officials also say the closures are subject to change and drivers can visit the DC Police Traffic Twitter page for the latest traffic information. 

DC Police and the DC Department of Transportation are reminding all drivers in the area of the event to be cautious as more people will be in the area than usual.

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