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D.C. has parade, fireworks, bear party and more

Independence Day events held throughout city

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The District has numerous activities for the Fourth including parties, parades and a firework display.

America’s National Independence Day Parade begins at 11:45 a.m. Friday on Constitution Ave. and 7th St. N.W. Marching bands from all over the country and military units march in the annual parade. Hundreds of thousands of people come downtown every year to see the patriotic floats and celebrity appearances.

The fireworks on the National Mall starts at approximately 9:15 p.m. and are set off from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. They can be seen over the Washington Monument.

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) holds “Bear Crue: Red, White and Bear,” a Fourth of July-themed bear dance party, from 6-11 p.m. All July birthdays receive a free drink ticket on arrival. There will be $3 well drinks, $3 Bud Lights, $3 draft pints and $7 draft pitchers. Guests must arrive by 9:30 p.m. for admittance. For more details, visit towndc.com.

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DNCE to headline Pride concert

‘Drag Race’ winners also featured at the event

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Jack Lawless, Joe Jonas, JinJoo Lee and Cole Whittle of DNCE. (Photo by kathclick via Bigstockphoto)

Dance-rock band DNCE will headline the Capital Pride Concert, which will be held on Sunday, June 12 at 1 p.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue at 3rd Street, N.W.

Season 14 winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Willow Pill, and season 13 winner, Symone will also be featured at the event.

The concert is free to the public, with tickets available for special access to the Concert Pit and the VIP Concert Experience.

Following the Pride concert, attendees are invited to dance into the sunset at the Capitol Sunset Dance Party with Grammy Award-Winning music producer and DJ Tracy Young.

For more information about the concert and to purchase special access and VIP tickets, visit Capital Pride’s website.

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Mayor’s Office to host monthly meet-and-greet

Partnership with Office of Human Rights and the MPD

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The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host a monthly meet-and-greet on Thursday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at Southwest Library. This event will be in partnership with the Office of Human Rights and the Metropolitan Police Department LGBTQ Liaison Unit.

This event is an opportunity to learn more about the mayor’s office and other government agencies, and a chance to voice questions, comments, and concerns.

Guests who attend the event are also encouraged to complete a survey at the end. This event is free and more information will be available on Eventbrite.

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LGBTQ org to host wedding expo in Baltimore

Over 30 companies from the industry represented

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Rainbow Wedding Network will return to Baltimore with its 2022 LGBTQ+ Wedding Expo on Sunday, May 15 at 12:30 p.m. at Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore, Curio Collection by Hilton.

More than 30 companies from all aspects of the wedding industry will be represented, including venues, officiants, photographers, DJs, caterers, jewelers, travel and more.

Event attendees can also sample an assortment of food and dessert items, enjoy music demos, test out a photo booth and gather a selection of fun and unique ceremony and travel ideas.
Tickets are free and you can register for the event on Eventbrite.

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