WASHINGTON — Dupont Circle was jammed with people for the annual Pride Parade on Saturday as many celebrated the LGBT community in the District.
Marchers, floats, bands and entertainment delighted parade watchers along the mile and a half route.
Mayor Muriel Bowser helped lead the parade, walking the route, waving and tossing beads to the crowds who lined New Hampshire Avenue Northwest.
More than 200 contingents marched in the parade and the parade route was lined with people 5-6 deep in some locations.
“I’m just here because it’s celebrating being gay, and it’s finally a time we can be proud and not be ashamed,” said Lawrence Barrios, 18, of Silver Spring, Maryland.
June is National LGBT pride month.
“Every year, everybody becomes more comfortable with themselves, very comfortable being around everybody, just being at-one and loving because there’s no boundary to love,” said Jasmie Barrios, 21, of Silver Spring.
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