Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will walk in the 2019 Capital Pride Parade on Saturday, June 8, according to NHL.com.
Holtby can be spotted on the Monumental Sports and Entertainment float where he and MSE staff members will be distributing giveaways. His wife Brandi Holtby also may appear in the parade as she asked her Twitter followers who would be coming by for the parade. The post included a photo of herself and Holtby standing in front of the rainbow Caps mural (2412 18th St. N.W.) painted by artist and LGBTQ activist Lisa Marie. Marie will also march with the contingency.
This is Holtby’s third time marching in the Capital Pride Parade. He was joined by his wife Brandi in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, Brandi walked alone in the parade due to Holtby’s participation in the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup win festivities.
He has also served as Capitals’ Hockey is for Everyone ambassador for three years. He spoke at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in 2018 and spearheaded a movement of Caps players using sticks wrapped in rainbow-colored “Pride Tape.” The sticks were auctioned off for $18,300 which were donated to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Holtby also declined to visit the White House with the Capitals in March.
The 2019 Capital Pride Parade is on Saturday, June 8 starting at 4:30 p.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets N.W.