Getting around D.C. this weekend could prove to be a challenge due to multiple events the city is hosting — from the Capital Pride Parade to the March For Our Lives rally — and officials encouraged people to participate safely.
“Let’s work together to have fun, to keep each other and our community safe, and to celebrate the people and values that make DC the greatest city in the world,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement.
Bowser recommended using Metro and other forms of public transportation as well as signing up for AlertDC to stay on top of public safety.
As part of “DC Values Week,” which highlights equality, inclusion and diversity, the District will light up the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in sync with the week’s celebrations.
Proud to declare June 10-17, 2022, as “DC Values Week.”
As we recognize our shared #DCValues: #GunViolencePrevention, Immigrant Heritage, #Pride, and the ongoing fight for #DCStatehood, we continue working to advance equality, diversity, and inclusion for every Washingtonian. pic.twitter.com/0OMzysoCjY
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) June 10, 2022
With the aftershocks of two mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, still shaking the nation, Bowser acknowledged safety concerns but said fear would not get the best of the city.
“We are going to live our lives, and we’re not going to live in fear,” Bowser said in a news conference Friday.
D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee said some streets would be closed, and police will increase their presence this weekend as events are underway.
“Individuals who are considering attending these events should not think to bring firearms into our city,” Contee said.
Traffic Advisory on Saturday, June 11, 2022, the Capital Pride Parade and Block Party will take place in the District of Columbia. View the link for details on parking restrictions and street closures that motorists should take into consideration:https://t.co/RLBpIbenyu
— DC Police Traffic (@DCPoliceTraffic) June 9, 2022
WTOP’s Valerie Bonk contributed to this report.