Pride Guide

Washington, DC Capital Pride — June 7-9, 2013

By: Scott Ragan

Capital Pride is an annual, week-long celebration of the LGBT community in Washington, DC, and a prime opportunity to demonstrate to the nation just how proud and united our community truly is.

This year's festivities include a larger parade contingent, three stages of musical performances, and — what could be the most important thing of all — an excuse to dress like your favorite superhero!

Read on for the must-hit events on your Capital Pride itinerary.

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SPANDEX: The Official 2013 Pride Week Superhero Party

June 7
9:00 PM
641 S Street, NW

Capital Pride partners with local promotions team Brightest Young Things to produce the official opening dance party event inside the iconic and newly renovated Wonder Bread Factory. Scheduled to perform: Rye Rye, CTRL DJs, Avan Lava, Reesa Renee, Brett, DJ MAJR, Peaches, and Pu$$y Noir.

Click here for ticket information.


Capital Pride Parade

June 8
4:30 PM
22nd & P Streets, NW

The 38th Annual Capital Pride Parade steps off Saturday afternoon and travels 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle, 17th Street, and ends in the Logan Circle neighborhood of northwest Washington, DC. The parade is expected to attract more than 100,000 spectators for 2013 and has grown to feature more than 170 contingent floats.

Click here for the official parade route map.


Capital Pride Street Festival

June 9
12:00-7:00 PM
Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets

2013 marks the 17th year the Street Festival returns to Pennsylvania Ave. and is DC’s largest annual one-day event with over 150,000 visitors, almost 300 sponsor and vendor exhibits, three stages, two beverage gardens, a family area, Taste AT Pride, Art in Pride, and numerous food vendors offering a huge selection of various cuisines.

Featured headliners this year are Emeli Sandé, Icona Pop, and Cher Lloyd, along with the three finalists on this season of Rupaul’s Drag Race, Roxxxy Andrews, Alaska ThunderFuck, and winner Jinkx Monsoon.

Click here for a complete line-up of performers.



June 9
4:00-9:30 AM
2001 14th Street, NW

If you want to keep dancing all night after the other clubs kick you out, Tropicalia is the place to go. Featuring a killer sound system and the house beats of DJ BennyK. Opening set by DJ David Merrill. Net proceeds to benefit the local HIV/AIDS service community and Capital Pride. $40 at the door or $35 pre-sale.

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To get a sense of the energy you will experience at Capital Pride, check out this great video from 2012 headliner Deborah Cox performing her iconic dance floor hit, "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here."