2009 Washington, D.C. Capital Pride Parade

June 15 — Capital Pride, with ambitious goals and plans for their first Capital Pride, was successful beyond expectations and projection.

Ten days of cultural and community events, parties and the largest parade in DC history, culminated in the festival on Sunday, June 14 with over 250,000 attendees.

With the distinction of being voted D.C.'s best parade by readers of Washington City Paper this year and last -- even edging out the 2009 Inauguration Parade, which took second place -- the Capital Pride Parade is obviously a beloved institution. Marking its 28th year, the parade should continue its steps in the right direction with Valerie Harper of Rhoda fame, currently in town channeling Tallulah Bankhead in Looped serving as grand marshal. The parade steps off at 6:30 p.m. today, Saturday, June 13, rain or shine.