Find Pride Month parades and festivals in the DC area, June 2024 – NBC4 Washington

June is Pride Month, where we uplift and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community in Washington, DC, and beyond.

Washington, DC, has one of the largest and most energetic Pride celebrations in the country, with up to half a million people converging on the District for Pride Month events. And next year the district will receive even more audiences for World Pride 2025.

But of course that wasn’t always the case. DC’s first “Gay Pride Day” was held on June 22, 1975. It attracted 2,000 people, which founder Deacon Maccubbin considered a resounding success.

“It was a touch of what we think of as Pride today, but a beautiful touch,” Maccubbin told News4’s Tommy McFly.

Since then, Pride has grown into a mega-popular event. But crucially, it has also evolved to uplift people across the spectrum of gender and sexuality – and across abilities, locations, ages and more. Today you have groups like DC Trans Pride, DC Black Pride and DC Youth Pride that provide a space for people with unique experiences and challenges.

The theme of this year’s Capital Pride is ‘Totally Radical’, embracing how the LGBTQIA+ community has consistently been at the forefront of social and political movements, especially during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s and 1990s.

No matter your Pride Month vibe, you can show your own pride or show up as an ally at events in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

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When is the pride parade, festival and concert in Washington, DC?

The Capital Pride Parade will take place on Saturday, June 8 from 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM. This year, the parade will follow a new, streamlined route – no longer going through Dupont Circle.

In 2024, the Capital Pride Parade will begin near the U Street subway station and then travel south on 14th Street before turning onto Pennsylvania Avenue NW, bringing the parade close to the White House grounds. The terminus is 919 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, near the Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter subway station.

You can stand in line to watch along the parade route or purchase grandstand seats at Freedom Plaza for $25.

Dupont, this historic home of DC’s pride celebrations, will not be left out. The Capital Pride 17th Street Block Party will take place on Saturday, June 8 from noon to 10 p.m. If you’re bringing kids, head to Stead Park from 10am to 3pm for kids’ activities, games and drag story hour.

The Capital Pride Festival and concert is scheduled for Sunday, June 9 from noon to 10 p.m. Ana Max, Billy Porter, Exposé, Sapphira Cristál and special guest KeKe Palmer will appear on the Capitol Stage at 3rd and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Festival-goers can also explore two other stages, beverage gardens, exhibitors and more.

Pride Month shows and performances

Live in your truth nights and drag duels
Fri. May 31 and June 21, 6:30 p.m., Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, free

“The DMV’s Fiercest Drag Lip Sync Contest” returns. Before the show, check out live entertainment, an artist pop-up, STD and health screenings, or grab a drink from the adult beverage garden.

REVOLT! The official opening party of Capital Pride
Friday, June 7, Echostage in Northeast DC, $50 at the door, cheaper in advance

Capital Pride is officially kicking off its biggest weekend with a massive dance party at Echostage in Northeast DC. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Sapphira Cristál tops a list of performers that includes local drag performers and DJs. This party is for people aged 18 and over.

The Gay Men’s Choir of Washington, DC presents “Portraits”
Like this. June 16, 5 p.m., The Kennedy Center, $25-$80

The nine-movement oratorio aims to represent many colors of pride, centering on “the vibrant spectrum of sexual, gender, racial, ethnic and cultural identities,” according to The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC.

Where can I celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride in Maryland and Virginia?

From Annapolis and Baltimore, Maryalnd to Loudoun County, Virginia, chances are your city or county is hosting its own pride party. Events are listed in the order in which they are scheduled to occur.

Annapolis pride

The Maryland Capital Pride Parade and Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, but you can fill your entire weekend with events, including the Pride on the Pier opening party on Friday.

Fairfax pride

The City of Fairfax and George Mason University are kicking off Pride Month by teaming up to host Fairfax Pride on June 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. Check out the informative vendors on Mason’s campus and throughout the Northern Virginia region, listen to some speakers and grab some Fairfax Pride swag. In addition, the children can enjoy face painting and crafts. The location is the Old City Hall at 3999 University Dr. in Fairfax.

Alexandria proud

Alexandria will host its 7th annual Pride Fair on Saturday, June 1, “to recognize LGBTQ+ people and their contributions to Alexandria’s diverse community and nation.” The fair features food trucks, live music, a dance workshop, free and confidential healthcare services and local information sharing organizations. You can also attend a story hour at City Hall at 3:30 PM

Arlington pride

Arlington, Virginia, shows its pride all month long. Kick off Pride Month with a block party at Water Park at National Landing on June 1. Save the date for the third annual Arlington Pride Festival on Saturday, June 29. In between, try out speed dating or channel your inner Cowboy Carter at Clarendon Ballroom’s Ho-Down party.

Loudoun pride

Loudoun’s three-stage pride extravaganza is ready for thousands of visitors to come loud and proud on Sunday, June 2. Check out the Dragstravaganza, Alcohol Pavilion and Food Hall with over 20 vendors, the Vendor Alley with over 150 local and regional businesses, and the Kid’s Zone with bounce houses and face painting. Buy tickets early if you’re interested – the province warns they sell out every year. Proceeds will benefit “a 501(c)3 charitable organization fighting for LGBTQ+ advocacy and equality in Northern Virginia and beyond.”

Takoma Pride Day

This family-oriented Pride Month celebration in Takoma Park on Sunday, June 9, will include a children’s parade at 10 a.m., followed by a street fair with face painting and a guest appearance by drag queen Tara Hoot.

Baltimore pride

Baltimore’s main Pride Month celebration takes place June 10-16, with the parade scheduled for Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m.

Montgomery County’s Pride on the Plaza

The daylong festival on Sunday, June 30 features drag shows, music and more at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring. it runs from noon to 8 p.m

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