Pride parade travels through DC Saturday

A welcome mat at the entrance to the Capital Pride Honors event Friday night at the new Compass Coffee factory in the Northeast neighborhood of Ivy City.

The Capital Pride Honors event on Friday was held at the new Compass Coffee factory in Ivy City. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

Capital Pride Alliance Executive Director Ryan Bos speaking during Friday night’s event. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

Capital Pride Alliance President Ashley Smith gives an award to Mary Paradise, a registered nurse and longtime Capital Pride volunteer. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

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The Pridemobile Parade will travel through D.C. on Saturday cruising through several District neighborhoods.

The parade, and most all in-person Pride Month events, were canceled last year because of coronavirus precautions.

“We did not have this celebration in 2020, so we’re glad to bring us back together to truly acknowledge great leadership this past year during an incredible year,” said Robert York of the Capital Pride Alliance during the Capital Pride Honors and Opening Party on Friday. “Many of our folks in our community have struggled and still struggle, so please know that we must keep reaching out to our friends and our family to make sure that they’re okay,” he said.

For those heading out in D.C., widespread street closures and parking restrictions started early Saturday morning and continue until 6 p.m. in most areas.

The parade features the official Pridemobile trolley, which will move through several D.C. neighborhoods, followed by a colorful array of more than 50 automobiles decorated by registered organizations and businesses.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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