Your Guide to DC's 2019 Pride Events: The Parade, Festivals and More - NBC4 Washington

Your Guide to DC's 2019 Pride Events: The Parade, Festivals and More

Capital Pride 2019 runs May 31-June 9 alongside more events celebrating the full spectrum of pride

Pride decorations in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy: Capital Pride)

Pull out your rainbow flags: LGBTQ Pride month is coming right up.

D.C. boasts one of the most energetic and busy pride celebrations in the country. Thousands of LGBTQ+ people and their allies turn out every year for tons of events celebrating the full spectrum of sexuality, capped off with a massive parade through Dupont Circle and Logan Circle.

Here's your guide to it all, from Capital Pride 2019 (May 31-June 9), Capital Trans Pride (May 18-19), DC Black Pride (May 24-27) and more.

Keep coming back as organizers continue to schedule more programming.

A pride parade float in 2019 (Photo by Simply Arlie)
Photo credit: Photo by Simply Arlie

The Parade
Saturday, June 8, starting at 4:30 p.m.
From Dupont Circle Metro to U Street Metro

Floats, dancers, advocacy groups and swag-throwers make up the dazzling Pride Parade display, which wends through a 1.5-mile route.

Make sure you keep an eye out for the NBC4 Telemundo 44 bus and wave to some of our reporters, anchors and meteorologists.

Look out for News4 in the 2019 Capital Pride Parade
Photo credit: Capital Pride/Tiffany Hu

The procession kicks off at 21st and P streets NW and continues through the northeast edge of Dupont Circle to New Hampshire Avenue before heading back to 17th Street and then P Street. The parade ends at 14th and R streets.

The Capital Pride Parade travels through D.C.'s Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods.
Photo credit: Capital Pride

If you want a spot on Dupont Circle, make sure to arrive very early. You'll have a little more luck getting a good spot farther down the route.

Grandstand and accessible seating will be made available through the Capital Pride website. Organizers suggest families head to Stead Park on P Street NW between 17th and 16th streets.

Participant in the 2018 Capital Pride Parade
Photo credit: Simply Arlie

The Block Party
Saturday, June 8, 4-10 p.m.
15th and P Streets NW

Even when you've had your fill of the parade, the pride party continues. Head to 15th and P street NW, and you'll find an explosion of revelry, community, music and color. There's also the practical stuff: Bathrooms, food stalls and a beverage tent for those 21 and over. It's free to get in, but donations are encouraged. Expect plenty of lines.

Bags and backpacks are subject to a search.

Capital Pride Parade 2018
Photo credit: Vanessa Pham

The Concert
Sunday, June 9 from 1-8 p.m.
Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd Street NW

Electronic music producer Marshmello and pop singer Zara Larsson are headlining the 2019 Capital Pride Concert. The show is free to the public, with specialty packages available. Other performers include Todrick Hall, Shea Diamond, Calum Scott and Nina West. A full lineup is available here.

The Festival
Sunday, June 9 from 12-10 p.m.
Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd Street NW

In conjunction with the concert, the 2019 Pride Festival will offer three stages, hundreds of exhibtors, a beverage garden, a family zone and food vendors. The festival is free and open to the public. A full list of activities can be found here.

A booth at Trans Pride 2018
Photo credit: Peter Morgan

Pride for All: More Celebrations and Events 

Capital Trans Pride

May 18-19
Eaton Hotel (1201 K St. NW)

Trans Pride brings together members of the transgender community, allies, colleagues and friends for a series of events, organizers say.

You can expect workshops, a community resource fair, movie screenings, happy hour and other events.

DC Black Pride
May 24-27

Kick things off with pre-events beginning May 20, including speed dating, the DC Black Pride Awards Reception on May 21 and a Unity Ball on May 23.

The main event includes a pride exhibit hall with vendors at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown, where there will be health screenings, town hall meetings, workshops and a poetry slam.

Pride Celebration Kick-Off Party
May 31, 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Smithsonian American Art Museum (800 G St. NW)

The American Art Museum will be bathed in rainbow lights as crowds show up to enjoy music, performances, an open bar and so many more activities.

Tickets start at $50 and you must be 21 to attend. It's not required to dress in  leather, rainbows or stilettos — but you'll probably have more fun if you do. (But don't wear glitter or feathers: Organizers say they are not permitted in the building).

DJs perform at a Capital Pride event in Washington, D.C.
Photo credit: Rick Yarborough

DC LatinX Pride Dance Party
June 6
The DC Eagle (3701 Benning Road NE)

Head out to the D.C. Eagle club on Thursday, June 6 starting at 9 p.m. for this massive dance party.

RIOT: The Pride Opening Party
June 7, 9 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.
Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Road NE)

Partying during pride is a political exercise, both in expressing individuality and remembering the 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York, which sparked a wave of pro-LGBTQ activism.

This particular party is for the all-night ravers. Expect performances from Ana Latour, DONNA SLASH, Greggory Marcus / Hellno Kitty, Jane Saw, Jaxknife Complex, KC B. Yoncé, Citrine, Pussy Noir, SHÉ, Sippi and Sylvanna Duvél. DJs and a glam photobooth will also be on deck.

Ticket prices go up as tiers sell out, topping out at $35.

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