WASHINGTON — D.C.'s Capital Pride Alliance (CPA) is planning a full-scale Pride month celebration for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.
The Capital Pride 2022 Celebration will take place from June 3 through June 12 for its 47th year.
“After two years without a parade and festival, our community is yearning for a sense of celebration, unity, and, quite simply, normalcy,” said CPA Executive Director Ryan Bos.
Organizers say the pride parade and block party is scheduled for June 11 and the festival and concert will be held June 12. They say there will be some changes to the celebration announced in the coming months.
“We’re excited to soon unveil the plans for this year’s celebration that we had originally hoped to implement in 2020,” said Tiffany Royster, CPA’s Celebration Chair. “A new, streamlined parade route will reflect the evolving footprint of our growing community, all while providing better vantage points, increased health and safety measures, and ample space for a community Block Party,” Royster said in a press release.
Organizers announce the theme for the 2022 parade during an event at the Viceroy Hotel on March 16. This year's theme is "Reunited 2022."
"Our community has been stuck inside and not being able to be engaged as much as we would like to be, or what we're normally used to," said Ashley Smith, president of the CPA Board. "Now in 2022 we're able to come out, we're able to celebrate, we're able to have pride, we're able to show who we are in our lives."
Details about the new parade route are still forthcoming.
Registration is now open for organizations, food vendors and businesses who want to participate in this year's festivities.
More details can be found on the Capital Pride Alliance's website here.
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