The Capital Pride Parade started in DuPont Circle and worked its way to Logan Circle, about 1.5 miles away. According to event organizers, over 100,000 people lined the route. All the while, a small group of protestors worked to disrupt the plans.
At 6 p.m. -- the popular stretch of 14th Street in Logan Circle was packed, peopled excited to see the parade turn the corner and head for the home stretch.
For a moment, they got their wish as the parade’s front runners passed. But then the crowd’s jubilance simmered and the parade route emptied.
Protestors dubbed “No Justice, No Pride” blocked, rerouted and ultimately delayed the parade at multiple points.
“We don’t want corporations that profit off of oppressing LGBTQ people,” said Drew Ambrogi, a member of No Justice, No Pride, “marching in our parade.”
Thirty minutes after the initial delay, the excitement that was originally expected finally arrived. Floats and cars manned and surrounded by performers regaled the crowd.
“I love this parade; this is awesome,” said Dawn Rodriguez, a first-time attendee from Woodbridge, Virginia.
“And every year it gets bigger and bigger,” said another onlooker.
Police departments, local business and city leaders, including the mayor, participated.
“Fantastic Capital Pride, we have tens of thousands out here to celebrate diversity in D.C.,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser.
The parade went on for hours, beginning around 4:30 p.m. and ending around 9:00 p.m. Each participant passed the finish line with their own style -- some danced, some played music, some waved in support.