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Posted at 09:59 PM ET, 06/11/2011

Capital Pride parade marches through Dupont

Chris Taylor is proud of the makeup job he did to make the guys from Cobalt night club stand out from the rest of the groups at the Capital Pride parade.

“I had to do 10 people in two hours,” said Taylor, 23, a MAC makeup artist who airbrushed rainbow dots and the word “Cobalt” on the bare abdomens and chests of his friends.


Bedecked in bandannas, black shorts and roller skates, the group joined hundreds of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals, supporters and affiliated groups in their march in Northwest D.C. from 22nd Street and P Street through Dupont Circle to 14th Street and Vermont Avenue.

Groups tossed Skittles, rainbow beaded necklaces and condoms to crowds gathered along the parade route and on balconies. Camera-toting parade-goers strained to catch glimpses of an array of floats, drag queens and marching bands. Vendors dotted the streets selling rainbow flags and t-shirts commemorating the event.

The Capital Pride parade is one of the highlights of the 12-day celebration known as Capital Pride. An annual D.C. staple tracing its beginnings back to 1975, the festival offers different things for different people. For some, it is an opportunity to push for more inclusive legislation and show support for political candidates. For others, it is a chance to raise awareness about causes like AIDS prevention and eating vegan. And for everyone, it’s a time to dance, to laugh and to flaunt everything that makes you proud.

“The gay scene in D.C. is very conservative but it exists,” said Taylor. “Today they can be whatever they want to be.”

The celebration continues Sunday with the Capital Pride Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the Capitol Building from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Do you have some great shots of the parade or other Capital Pride events that you want to share? Submit them here.

See a map of Sunday’s street festival.

By Laurén Abdel-Razzaq  |  09:59 PM ET, 06/11/2011

 
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