May 1, 2019 at 11:00 am EDT | by WBadmin
‘Pride on the Pier’ celebration returns to The Wharf during DC Pride
The inaugural Pride on the Pier Fireworks Show presented by Compass will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 2-9 p.m. Photo from and @dougvansant

The Washington Blade, in partnership with LURe DC and The Wharf, is excited to announce the 2nd annual Pride on the Pier presented by Absolut during DC Pride on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 2-9 p.m.

The event will also include the inaugural Pride on the Pier Fireworks Show presented by Compass at 9 p.m. 

Pride on the Pier extends the city’s annual celebration of LGBTQ visibility to the bustling Southwest waterfront with an exciting array of activities and entertainment. 

The District Pier will offer DJs, dancing and other entertainment. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for those 21 and older. 

The Dockmasters Building will be home to a VIP experience with complimentary drinks and food during the duration of the event. Purchase tickets now at

“After last year’s success we are expanding Pride on the Pier from three to seven hours this year,” says the Washington Blade’s Director of Marketing Stephen Rutgers. “We are excited to have the inaugural fireworks show sponsored by Compass end the evening at 9 p.m.”

The Transit Pier will house the Family Zone that will include activities for all ages. 

“The Wharf is a place for everyone to enjoy D.C.’s greatest resource — the waterfront,” said Monty Hoffman, Founder and CEO of PN Hoffman. “District Pier, the largest public pier at The Wharf, serves as a lively space for events and for the community to gather and is the perfect backdrop for this celebration.”

Event sponsors include AARP, Absolut, Bud Light, Babe, Compass, DC Brau, DC Fray, Honeyleaf Platters, Graham Capital Wealth, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Milk Bar, On Tap Magazine, PEPCO, The Wharf. More information regarding activities will be released at

The Washington Blade was founded in 1969 and is known as the “newspaper of record” for the LGBTQ community both locally and nationally. The Blade is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019. For more information, visit

LURe was established in 2006 by Karen Diehl and Sterling Higgins and provides party promotional services to the Maryland, Virginia and D.C. lesbian community. For more information visit


The Wharf is Washington D.C.’s most exciting neighborhood. This remarkable mile-long neighborhood along the Washington Channel of the Potomac River reestablishes Washington, DC, as a true waterfront city and destination. Phase 1 opened in October 2017 with two million square feet of residences, offices, hotels, shops, restaurants, cultural uses, marinas, and public areas including waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks. When complete in 2022, this $2.5 billion, world-class, mixed-use waterfront neighborhood will feature more than 3.5 million square feet of development. The Wharf is easily accessible to the region by water taxi, Metro, WMATA and Southwest Neighborhood Shuttle buses, bicycle, foot, and car.

Development is led by PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette, in conjunction with ER Bacon Development, City Partners, Paramount Development and Triden Development.

More information is available at Download the District Wharf app for a live news feed, information on events, interactive map, transportation updates and more. The app is available on Apple and Android devices.

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