Capital Pride's biggest and most visible events are the parade that snakes through the Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods and the festival that shuts down blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue NW. But the 42-year-old celebration of LGBT culture offers much more throughout the week.
Tuesday, June 6
DC Gaymers Pride Night at Cobalt
DC Gaymers, a group for LGBT video-game enthusiasts, hosts a night of “gayming, slaying, and cosplaying,” including a Mario Kart tournament and one-on-one Streetfighter 5 and Super Smash Brothers battles. Costumes are encouraged; one attendee will win weekend passes to AwesomeCon.
Wednesday, June 7
Pride Pils release at Town Danceboutique's Patio
In honor of Capital Pride, DC Brau has temporarily renamed its popular pilsner as “Pride Pils,” putting just under 700 cases of beer in special unicorn cans designed by local artist Josette Matoto. All proceeds from the beer will go to local charities. Get your first look at Pride Pils cans on Town's patio from 6 to 9 p.m., during the weekly dog-friendly Yappy Hour. The best rainbow- or unicorn-themed dog outfits win prizes.
'Milk' with screenwriter Dustin Lance Black at E Street Cinema
Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black won an Academy Award for “Milk,” the 2008 biographical film about Harvey Milk. Black will participate in a Q&A after a 7 p.m. screening of the film.
Thursday, June 8
Pride Movie Night at Nellie's Sports Bar
Ba'Naka Devereaux (“DC’s Party Gurl”) hosts a special screening of the cult film “To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar,” with commentary. The movie starts at 7 p.m., and admission is free.
'Pride in the Library' at the Library of Congress
A pop-up exhibition at the Library of Congress, running from Thursday to Saturday, Pride in the Library features “treasures” from the Library's collections, including Walt Whitman manuscripts, Leonard Bernstein's music and panels from the AIDS memorial quilt. Admission is free.
Friday, June 9
Official opening party: Rainbow Resistance at the Rainbow Warehouse
Pride's official opening party is once again organized by Brightest Young Things, which means you can expect photo booths and outrageous costumes, at the converted warehouse in Ivy City. Entertainment includes live performances by Tiffany — yes, the '80s singer of “I Think We're Alone Now” fame — and Ultra Nate, plus hometown DJs Will Eastman, Lemz and Rosie. Tickets are $30 and will be more expensive at the door.
Booty Rex Pride Party at the Black Cat
DJs from the all-female Anthology of Booty crew and the She Rex team up to take over the entire Black Cat for their annual Pride party: Catch six selectors on the main stage, including Natty Boom and Alex DB, while Junebullet leads the lineup on the backstage. A $10 cover allows admission to both floors, and doors open at 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 10
Capital Pride Parade and 15th Street block party
More than 180 organizations are participating in this year's Pride parade, including floats, marching bands, politicians and civic organizations. The parade begins at 22nd and P streets NW at 4:30 p.m.; it ends a mile-and-a-half away at 14th and S streets after meandering through Dupont, Logan Circle and Shaw. Before, during and after the parade, there's a free block party on 15th Street between P and Church streets, with a beer garden, food and music.
Dance parties across the city
Pride's Saturday night is one of the most epic all year, with parties at clubs around the city. The official party for men is Distrkt C at the DC Eagle, with DJs Jared Conner, Joe Gauthreaux, and Grind, while Fuse, the women's party at the Howard Theatre, features DJs Jai Syncere, Tezrah, Elet()x and a performance by the DystRucXion Dancers. Elsewhere, German electronic DJ and producer Boys Noize is at U Street Music Hall with locals Outputmessage and Keenan Orr; DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer are joined by the Barber Streisand for the pop-heavy Mixtape at the 9:30 Club; and DJs Drew G and Ed Bailey on the main floor at Town, along with a bonus midnight drag show.
Sunday, June 11
Pride Festival and Concert
The Pride Festival once again takes over Pennsylvania Avenue between Third and Seventh streets NW, with vendors, booths run by community and charity organizations, food, a beer garden, a waterslide, family areas, DJs and live music. The Capitol end of the party hosts the concert stage, headlined by Miley Cyrus, Tinashe and finalists from “Ru Paul's Drag Race.”