D.C. Pride Festival marks silver anniversary


WASHINGTON -- Organizers of the 2000 Capital Pride Festival, to be held here June 2 to 11, said they are gearing up for a crowd that will top last year's numbers.

According to Robert York, director of the Capital Pride committee, this year's 25th anniversary event, combined with millennium-year hoopla, should produce a turnout that exceeds the more than 200,000 people who attended last year's festivities.

Although this year's schedule of cultural, athletic and entertainment activities is still in the planning stages, York said he anticipates once again drawing national headline performers and local entertainers.

Last year, singers Jody Watley, Bonnie Pointer, Paul Lekakis and Robin S. appeared.

A detailed schedule of events and entertainment will be posted on the Capital Pride Web site when details become available.

The annual gay and lesbian pride celebration culminates in a parade and street fair on June 11, making it a participatory as well as a spectator event.

The committee encourages groups to register a float or a walking contingent in the parade; sign up as street vendors for the fair; publicize a community group or activity in an exhibition booth, or sponsor a social event or community forum to introduce the group's activities and issues to the community. Last year's parade featured nearly 200 contingents.

Flat rate fees for participation are $75 for nonprofit groups, $100 for walking contingents and $125 for nonwalking contingents. There is a $20 late fee for applications postmarked after May 25.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary, organizers introduced a money award for floats in addition to the usual parade award categories.

Floats that best represent the 25th Anniversary Pride theme are eligible for a first prize of $300, a second prize of $125 and a third prize of $75.

The street fair this year will take place between Ninth and Third streets on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Capital Pride Festival
Phone: (202) 661-7026
Fax: (202) 661-7012
Web: www.capitalpride.org

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