March 15, 2015 at 4:14 pm EDT | by Michael Key
LGBT contingent marches in D.C.’s St. Patrick’s Parade
St. Patrick's Day Parade, gay news, Washington Blade

The D.C. Center for the LGBT Community organized the first LGBT contingent in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Washington, D.C. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

About 30 people marched in an LGBT contingent at the 44th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Although LGBT people have individually participated in the parade before, this marks the first year that a full LGBT contingent marched in D.C.’s parade.

St. Patrick's Day Parade, gay news, Washington Blade

D.C. Center Board Chair Michael Fowler passed out green hats and beads to cheerful spectators. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

St. Patrick's Day Parade, gay news, Washington Blade

Members of Dignity Washington, an LGBT-affirming organization of Catholics, joined the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community at the parade. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Michael Key has worked as a photojournalist for the Washington Blade since 2009 and is currently serving as the photo editor. He has worked on Capitol Hill, in the White House, on the campaign trail and in cities along the East Coast taking iconic photos documenting the extension of marriage benefits to same-sex couples, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and other events of interest to the LGBT community. Follow Michael

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