Official Pride Events

2008 Capital Pride

Official Events
As of Press Time.
Please note: Times are approximate.
Performers and schedule subject to change without notice.

Monday, June 9

Mr/Miss Capital Pride Registration
Whitman-Walker Clinic
1407 S St. NW
7 p.m.
Metro: U Street/Cardozo
If you’re planning on competing for the title of either Mr. or Miss Capital Pride, this mandatory meeting is for you! Application is available at

Town Hall
7 p.m.
Studio Theatre
1501 14th St. NW
Metro: Dupont Circle
”Queer Economies” is the theme of this year’s town hall. Join us for a discussion of the real truth about the financial status of the LGBT community. Panelists include Lynne Brown of The Washington Blade, Wes Combs of Witeck-Combs Communications and Ken White from the Potomac Executive Network. Moderated by Itay Hod. Free. Cash bar reception (open to the public) precedes the town hall at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 10

Interfaith Service
Foundry United Methodist Church
1500 16th St. NW
7:30 p.m.
Metro: Dupont Circle
Presented by the Celebration of the Spirit Coalition
Featured speaker is Reverend Archene Turner. Music provided by the Jubilee Singers, a choral group from All Souls Unitarian Church.

Wednesday, June 11

Mr/Miss Capital Pride Pageant
2009 8th St. NW
Doors open: 7 p.m.
Pageant begins: 7:30 p.m.
Metro: U Street/Cardozo
Honoring Mr. and Miss Capital Pride 2007 winners Sasha Renee and Xavier Bottoms. Contestants will compete in pride attire, evening and formal wear and talent. New winners will be crowned as Mr. and Miss Capital Pride 2008 to represent the LGBT community throughout the year. Produced by Cocker Productions.

Be: Bi at Be Bar Happy Hour
Be Bar
1318 9th St.
6-9 p.m.
Metro: Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street/Convention Center
AC/DC, non-gender specific, gender blender, versatile, bisexual. No matter how you say it, you’re sure to have a blast at Capital Pride’s second annual event celebrating the area’s bisexual community.

Thursday, June 12

Bachelor Auction
639 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
9 p.m.
Metro: Eastern Market
Hosted by Destiny B. Childs. Bid on some of D.C.’s most desirable bachelors and their special gift packages. A highlight of Capital Pride that you won’t want to miss. Grab some friends (and your wallet!) for an evening of fun.

Bachelorette Auction
RnR Bar and Lounge
717 6th St. NW
9 p.m.
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown/Verizon Center
Come bid on your favorite bachelorette and great items such as air tickets, weekend get-aways, theater and sporting events, restaurants and more. Presented in cooperation with MIA Promotions.

Friday, June 13

Divas Outdoors
Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens
4155 Linnean Ave. NW
Doors open: 6 p.m.
Festivities begin: 7:30 p.m.
One In Ten’s classic film series continues with a special Friday the 13th screening of Strait-Jacket. Recently released axe-murderer, Joan Crawford, must convince her family that the latest beheadings aren’t her fault! The evening features a picnic basket contest and a Joan Crawford look-alike contest. Ticket includes admission to Hillwood Museum and the movie. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/children ages 6-18. To purchase tickets, please call 202-686-5807. For more information, visit or

DC Latino Pride
Human Rights Campaign Equality Center
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
6:30 p.m.
Metro: Dupont Circle
Presented by the Latino LGBT History Project, this special event features a panel discussion, poetry, guest speakers, Latin appetizers and refreshments. After the program, the celebration continues at Club Fuego (1818 New York Ave. NE) with the DC Latino Pride Dance featuring fabulous performances from Anaconda Couture, Victoria Armani, Tamara Garcia and Diana Bustillo. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. and the show starts at 12:30 a.m. $15 cover.

Official Capital Pride Men’s Dance Party
2009 8th St. NW
9 p.m.-4 a.m.
$10 Cover (9-11 p.m.)
$15 Cover (after 11 p.m.)
Metro: U Street/Cardozo
The annual men’s party to kick-off the capstone weekend of the Capital Pride celebration. The night kicks off with a dynamic drag show hosted by Lena Lett and features fabulous performances by Shiqueeta Lee, Blair Michaels, Regina Jozet-Adams, Destiny B. Childs, and Ophelia Bottoms. Downstairs music and video by BacK2bACk featuring Top 40, pop, and classics. Upstairs main floor music by Wess playing high-energy, Pop and House! And featuring the special host of the evening Christian Siriano (winner of Project Runway). Be careful as Christian will be walking the club with his own police women giving out ”hot mess” fashion citations! The evening also features an amazing stage production by X-Faction. Town is a proud sponsor of Capital Pride and will donate a portion of each admission to Capital Pride.

Official Capital Pride Women’s Concert & Party
9:30 Club
815 V St. NW
11 p.m.-4 a.m.
Metro: U St./Cardozo
Featuring Melissa Ferrick, BETTY, Bitch, Odd Girl Out and the Ladies First DJ Collective. Special performance by E Clef and the Bad Boyz. Advance tickets available at

Saturday, June 14

Capital Pride Parade
Steps off from 23rd and P Sts. NW
6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Metro: Dupont Circle Metro
The always-festive and colorful parade retains its ”hometown” feel as it marches through the heart of Dupont Circle. Wendy Rieger of NBC4 emcees at the reviewing stand in front of Whole Foods at 1440 P Street, and Bruce Vilanch is the celebrity grand marshal. DJ Brennan Sullivan emcees the new announcer’s stand at 18th and New Hampshire. See page 79 for a map of the parade route and page 76 for a listing of parade contingents as of press time. The Capital Pride Parade is presented by tangysweet.

Official Capital Pride UNITY Party
FUR Nightclub
33 Patterson St. NE
Metro: New York Avenue/Florida Ave/Gallaudet
9 p.m.-8 a.m.
$15 before 11 p.m.
$20 after 11 p.m.
First 300 admitted for $10
18+ w/ valid ID
Shuttle service to/from Fur from 17th and R and other locations. Visit for the most current details.
Featuring NYC DJ Steve ”Chip Chop” Gonzales on the main floor from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. DJ Steven Henderson follows from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. (DJ Audi delivers a delicious set of Hip Hop/R&B/Top 40/Dance for ladies only, from 9-10:30 p.m., in special section of the club.) The After Hours Party continues deep into the morning, featuring DJ Sin Morera while DJ Greg Praither spins in the Pride Lounge and DJ Damon spins in the Martini Lounge.

Sunday, June 15

Capital Pride Street Festival
Pennsylvania Ave. between 3rd and 7th Streets NW
Festival Entrance at 7th St.
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter
Join over 200,000 people for this annual celebration. It’s a full day of vendors, non-profits who need your support and entertainment at both the Arts Stage (at 6th and Pennsylvania) and on the Mainstage. The Mainstage is hosted by emcees Bruce Vilanch, Destiny B. Childs, and Derek and Romaine from Sirius Radio and features performances from Jason & deMarco, BETTY, Dario, Melange Lavonne, the DC Cowboys and more. Open to the public. Donations very welcome. Oak Hampton is the Official LED Screen Partner of the Capital Pride Festival. Donate with PRIDE — drop off a contribution of $1 at the festival entrance to support the future of Capital Pride. See site map on page 81 for more information. For a list of participating vendors and organizations, as of press time, please see page 82. For information on Main Stage entertainment, please see page 87, and for information on the Arts Stage entertainment listing please see page 88.

Official Capital Pride Women’s Closing Party
Station 9 (formerly Cada Vez)
1438 U St. NW
$20 cover ($5 benefits Capital Pride)
7 p.m.-1 a.m.
End your Pride week with this party’s special host and America’s favorite fire fighter, Dani Campbell from A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila. Top 40, Pop, House and Classics all night. Pride keepsakes and drink specials. Produced by FREe2be H.O.T. Entertainment. Visit

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