Sunday, June 14, 2015

Capital Pride DC, 40th Anniversary, kicks off with uneventful parade


Washington DC Capital Pride , 40th Anniversary, stepped off on time Saturday with about a three-hour parade.
  
I got there near the end, at 15th St. and walked back toward 17th.
  
The Washington Nationals included their political bobbleheads and front office, while the players were in Milwaukee.  That must have led to good karma since the Nats stopped a skid and beat the Brewers 7-2 at about the same time as the march. Nationals Night Out will take place Wednesday, June 17 at Nationals Park against the (American League) Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
  
After the parade, J.R.’s opened its adjacent lot for the usual block party, had sponsored a kickball tournament all day.  We used to play that in grade school, right?
  
The Cobalt started it dance immediately – which means it starts about two hours earlier than usual for a Saturday night.
  
TownDC, which is closer than you think (about 12 blocks or a 20 minute one-mile walk) still advised people to buy tickets in advance for the dance,  that would not start until 11 (after a drag show upstairs).  Why not start earlier?
   

My first pride march was in NYC in 1973, when it was called Christopher Street Liberation Day. I remember marching then with the Ninth Street Center. 

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