Thousands of lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their supporters are expected to throng the streets of Washington this weekend for the annual Capital Pride celebration.
Some kind of LGBT festival has been held in Washington since 1975, but the even has only been known as Capital Pride since 1997.
The highlight Saturday's festivities, the Capital Pride parade, is scheduled to step off at 4:30 p.m. The route begins at 22nd and P Streets Northwest and travels east to Dupont Circle. Skirting the Circle, the parade is scheduled to head up New Hampshire Avenue Northwest before taking two right turns, first onto R Street Northwest and 17th Street Northwest.
The parade finishes by making a left turn back onto P Street before turning right onto 14th Street and finishing at the intersection of 14th and N Street.
The District Department of Transportation has announced the following street closures beginning at 1:00 p.m. Saturday and continuing through 9:30 p.m.:
25th St NW between M & N ( Staging Area)
24th St NW between M & N ( Staging Area)
23rd St NW between M & P ( Staging Area)
N St NW between 22nd & 25th
M St NW between 22nd & 25th
In addition, the following street closures for Sunday's festival will be in effect beginning at 7:00 p.m. Saturday:
3rd & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW – No traffic West
3rd & Constitution Avenue, NW – No traffic West
4th & Madison Drive, NW- No traffic North
7th & Constitution Avenue, NW – No traffic East
7th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW – No traffic East
6th & C. Street, NW – No traffic South