June 9, 2011 | by Juliette Ebner
Pride events calendar

Observers at last year's Capital Pride parade. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Friday, June 10

Apex (1415 22nd St., N.W.) is hosting a Pride party tonight with Bounce in the main hall featuring Randy White and Caliente in the East Wing Lounge with DJ Michael Brandon. Doors open at 9 p.m. and there is a $10 cover. All attendees must be 18 or older.

The fifth annual D.C. Latino Pride, presented by the Latino GLBT History Project, is tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.). The evening will feature a networking reception, a historical exhibit, a panel discussion on marriage equality and bi-national same-sex couples, performances and informational business resources. All attendees must be 18 or older to enter and there is a suggested $5 donation that will benefit the celebration.

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) begins its Pride celebrations tonight with Pride Friday featuring DJs Jason Horswill and Keenan Orr as well as special performances by Jenna Drey and Venus D Lite of RuPaul’s Drag Race from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. There is a $10 cover for this event.

She.Rex is joining forces with Anthology of Booty for s special Pride event, Booty.Rex at Chief Ike’s (1725 Columbia Rd., N.W.) tonight from 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. featuring guest DJs Joshua, vAnniety Kills, Mary Mack and Square Peg. All attendees must be 21 or older. This is a free event.

Saturday, June 11

The annual Capital Pride parades steps off today at 5:30 p.m.. To see a map of the parade route, go to page 54.

B.O.I. Marketing and Promotions and the Ladies of LURe present “Fuse,” the official Capital Pride women’s party at Apex (1415 22nd St., N.W.) tonight at 9 p.m. featuring DJ Rosie, go-go dancers and entertainers. There is a $15 cover and all attendees must be 18 or older.

Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.) is having a special Pride edition of its weekly Drag Brunch with Shi-Queeta Lee today at 11 a.m. There will be another special edition brunch at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Also at Nellie’s, Penn State LGBTA is having a post-Pride celebration tonight at 5 p.m.

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) is having a parade viewing event and cookout today from 5 to 10 p.m. with Level One chef, Allan Javery, cooking ribs, chicken, hamburgers and more. From 8:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., Cobalt is also hosting Dirty Pop Pride with Drew G and Kuhmeleon as well as a special appearance by Jonathan Lovitz of LOGO’s Setup Squad. For more information, visit cobaltdc.com.

D.C. Front Runners is holding a 5K “Fun Run and Walk” as part of this year’s Pride festivities today. The run/walk will start from P Street Beach (the park next to 23rd and P Street) on June 11 at 10 a.m. All participants will be given specially designed, souvenir Pride racing bibs, as well as refreshments afterwards.

Lambda Sci-Fi hosts a science fiction/fantasy/horror video and gaming party today at 3 p.m. at 1425 S St., N.W., with a break to watch the Pride Parade as a group and get dinner. Please bring some favorite genre DVDs and/or BluRays to view, and/or some table games to play. The party will be preceded by a brief membership meeting. Please bring a snack or a non-alcoholic drink to share. For more information, visit lambdascifi.org.

Sunday, June 12

The annual Capital Pride festival is today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the U.S. Capitol. Jennifer Holliday will be appearing on the main stage near the end of the festival. A $5 donation is encouraged, but there is no fee for entry. For more information, visit capitalpride.org.

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) is hosting a festival after party from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. with DJs Drew G and MadScience. There is a $5 cover for this event.

Ziegfeld’s/Secrets (1824 Half St., S.W.) is having an after-festival dance party and cook out tonight starting at 7 p.m. with dancers and DJs on both floors.

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