June 8, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Gray, councilmembers march in D.C. Pride parade

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray at the 2013 Capital Pride Parade on June 8. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

More than 100,000 people lined the streets of Dupont and Logan Circles in Northwest Washington on Saturday for the annual D.C. Pride parade.

Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large) are among those who joined grand marshals Lynda Carter and Brigadier Gen. Tammy S. Smith of the U.S. Army Reserve, who became the first openly gay and lesbian flag officer to serve in the military, and others as the parade wound its way from 22nd and P Streets, N.W., to Whitman-Walker Health at 14th and R Streets, N.W.

“The Pride parade is a great celebration of diversity in the District of Columbia,” Mendelson told the Washington Blade as he lined up with supporters along 22nd Street, N.W.

“There’s a lot of ground left to cover, but it sure feels different from the earlier Prides,” D.C. Councilman Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) added. “There’s so much more of a sense of acceptance and tolerance.”

First held in 1981, the annual parade has grown to include dozens of LGBT organizations and other groups.

SMYAL, D.C. Frontrunners, the D.C. Center, Whitman-Walker Health and the Trevor Project are among the groups that marched in this year’s parade.

“It’s always thrilling,” former D.C. Councilwoman Carol Schwartz, who attended the parade with PFLAG, told the Blade shortly after it began in Dupont Circle. “It’s especially thrilling now that we have same-sex marriage and that we’ve seen so many advancements.”

Tens of thousands of people also attended the 17th annual Capital Pride Street Festival that took place on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets, N.W., on Sunday. Emeli Sandé, Icona Pop and Cher Lloyd will headline the main stage.

SEE PHOTOS FROM THE CAPITAL PRIDE PARADE HERE

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

3 Comments
  • Unfrotunately we had the nut jobs at dupont circle there preaching their cows back end creations.

    they were met with tons of same sex kissing and one guy had the ultimate lesson for kids about right wing xtanity- a cross made out of two sex toys

    The kids loved it and who knows – hundreds if not a thousand younger people came to understand that rightt wing xtianity belongs in the same trash can as communism. BTW Lenin and Stalin both went to the Russian orthodox seminaries in their youth, which was often required

    the ROC is by many is considered as the prototype of what led to the MKVD and the KGB. Paranoid control freaks

  • Certainly, the last paragraph should read "are expected to attend"… An article filed on June 8 cannot have predicted a June 9 event's attendance so psychically, could it?

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