Friday, June 10, 2011

Capital Gay Pride Parade 2011 Live Stream Washington DC Pride

The Capital Pride is an annual pride festival held in early June each year in Washington, D.C. As of 2007, the festival was planned and produced by Whitman-Walker Clinic, and is the fourth-largest pride event in the United States.

This live feed is in Washington DC for Capital Pride 2011:

Capital Pride Parade Live

Event Information:

The festival was first held in 1975. Deacon Maccubbin, owner of the bookstore Lambda Rising, organized the city's first pride event, a one-day community block party held on 20th Street N.W. between R and S Streets N.W. in Washington, D.C. (the same block where Lambda Rising was then located). Two pickup trucks, one loaded with beer and another with soft drinks, served the crowd. About 2,000 people attended and visited about a dozen booths and vendors. In a surprising political move indicative of the growing political power of pride organisations in the city, several candidates for the D.C. City Council also attended and shook hands for several hours.

By 1979, the festival was drawing more than 10,000 attendees. Washington Mayor Marion Barry, elected the previous November, attended Pride that year as he would for the rest of his time in office. A community board of 11 organizations in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area assist Whitman-Walker Clinic in organizing Capital Pride. Whitman-Walker Clinic assigns a full-time staff member to Capital Pride, making this individual the event's only full-time employee. This individual acts as the executive director of the festival, and coordinates day-to-day operations, secures sponsorships, and oversees logistics.