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Capital Pride officially kicked off its 2016 season last week revealing this year’s theme: Make Magic Happen. Despite the unexpected snow, several hundred people packed Sax Restaurant and Lounge at Metro Center for a glittery event which unveiled the theme. DJs Aaron Riggins and Ed Bailey (of Town, Trade, and Number 9) provided music while visual artists and acrobats entertained the audience above their heads.


Make Magic Happen is an appropriate theme for Washington’s pride celebration. What began as a modest march and block party in Dupont Circle over 40 years ago has now grown into one of the largest LGBT events in the country. The main pride week in June alone sees dozens of events including a parade, street festival, Sunday concert, and opening dance party (produced with Brightest Young Things). More than 300,000 are expected to attend pride week events this year.

“It seems like we just ended the 2015 Pride season but it’s time to kick off the 2016 Celebration,” said Bernie Delia, President of the Board of Directors of the Capital Pride Alliance.  “The LGBTA community saw tremendous advances in 2015. We want to make sure that we don’t lose that momentum in 2016.  We plan to keep the DC-area LGBTA community involved and engaged in the fight for equality. And having some fun along the way doesn’t hurt.”


Along with the theme, Capital Pride announced several new marquee events for Pride Week. This included a Capital Pride Potomac River Cruise Brunch on Sunday, June 05 and a Capital Pride/Story District event at a date to be determined (with Story District often selling-out the Lincoln Theatre and the 9:30 Club, we can guarantee that this is going to be an early sell-out event). Other events which were announced included a Family Dance at the DC Center.

Over the past six years, Brightest Young Things has partnered with Capital Pride to produce the official pride week opening party. Now one of the largest LGBT dance parties in the country, past opening parties have included Big Freedia, Amanda Lepore, Sharon Needles, Willam, JD Samson, Ultra Nate, AVAN LAVA, Rye Rye, Adore Delano, Frenchie Davis, and lots of additional talent. Details on this years party will be announced this Spring. BUT, SAVE THE DATE FOR JUNE 10.


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