For the primary time within the historical past of DC Pride, the annual parade skipped Dupont Circle and as an alternative headed down 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest.

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Thousands attend 2024 Capital Pride Parade in Northwest DC

For the primary time within the historical past of DC Pride, the annual parade skipped Dupont Circle and as an alternative headed down 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest.

“For World Pride, we expect three million folks,” mentioned Sahand Miraminy, Capital Pride’s director of operations. “This is kind of our final take a look at run earlier than the massive yr in 2025.”

With the a lot wider 14th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, there can be extra room for the additional folks and greater floats than if the parade stayed with the standard route for World Pride.

Organizers mentioned adjustments for this yr’s Pride celebration acquired excessive reward from an on-duty officer and 17-year veteran of the D.C. police, who mentioned the Capital Pride Parade was probably the most organized parade of the yr.

“We have a really small employees, but it surely takes a pair hundred volunteers to drag this occasion the weekend of,” mentioned Miraminy. “It actually does take a village.”

Next yr’s World Pride will happen as D.C. celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of when Deacon Maccubbin organized the District’s first Gay Pride Event, which has grown into Capital Pride.

Coming to affix in Capital Pride

The Capital Pride Parade marches down its new route on 14th Street NW in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2024.
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Emmy winner multi-hyphenate Billy Porter spoke at The Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. on June 9, 2024.
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Emmy Award-winner Billy Porter and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff pose for footage earlier than kicking off the Capital Pride Parade as co-Grand Marshal on June 9, 2024, in Washington, D.C.
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The Capital Pride Parade’s new route alongside 14th Street NW on June 8, 2024, serves as a follow run for subsequent yr’s World Pride celebration in Washington, D.C.
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There are many attendees who’ve made marching within the parade a yearly custom.

“I’ve been taking part with Capital Pride yearly since I used to be 29,” mentioned Harry Brubaker III. “Now I’m 57.”

The Pennsylvania city Brubaker grew up in had a inhabitants of 200 folks.

“The first time at Capital Pride was overwhelming as a result of there’s so many individuals,” mentioned Brubaker. “And realizing you aren’t alone.”

Another individual making their return to the Capital Pride Parade is Beverly White.

“I’m also called Miss Chocolate White,” mentioned White. “I’ve been within the LGBTQ neighborhood since there was only one letter, the ‘L,’ and that was for me, a lesbian.”

Out of the 300 organizations that marched within the parade, among the many teams have been space church buildings.

“We need everybody to know that God loves you and he made you simply the best way you’re,” mentioned Pastor Emily Skorupinsky from the United Methodist Church. “The Church can love you too.”

At most satisfaction occasions, there are Moms sporting shirts that say, “Free Mom Hugs.” Miss Gilmore wore a kind of shirts whereas strolling the parade route, pushing a cart and promoting rainbow followers.

“I give out Mom hugs as a result of I’ve a homosexual daughter,” mentioned Gilmore. “I hope that if she was in want of a hug, there could be one for her.”

Lindsay Thomas had her arm round her 11-year-old daughter as they each watched the parade from 14th St. NW.

“We are right here to rejoice everyone, not simply homosexual folks however the entire LGBTQ neighborhood and my household,” mentioned Lindsay Thomas.

Thomas introduced her daughter, Harper, from their residence in Baltimore to spend the day collectively on the parade.

“We are right here to rejoice the folks which can be homosexual,” mentioned Harper. “At the top of the day, we’re nonetheless human too.”

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