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Mormons in Pride: Washington, D.C.
June 7, 2014 @ June 7, 2014 - June 7, 2014
Come join us at Capital Pride 2014 in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 7! This year’s theme is “Build Our Bright Future.” If you didn’t participate last year, just ask anyone who did what an awesome and moving experience it was, and you will want to join us this year!
Affirmation will have a booth at the festival, which will be on Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 3rd Streets from noon until 7 p.m. Find us with this map of the festival at the Pride website. The festival is free to the public, but donations to the organizers are welcome and invited. Be sure to come visit us there! For more information on our booth, or if you’d like to help out, contact James Brinton at 703-303-6712.
The official name of the group that will march in the parade is “LGBT Mormons, Families, and Friends Coalition.” If you want to walk in the parade with us — and we encourage you to! — we’ll be meeting at the staging area at 22nd and P Streets NW, Washington, DC by 3:30 p.m. The Google map below is of this staging area. If you want to come just to watch, check out this map of the parade route to find out where you’ll be able to see us. The parade will start at 4:30 p.m. and last until the last group reaches the end of the parade route at about 7:30 p.m.
For more information about this contingent, and to share this event with your friends, visit this Facebook page for the group marching in Capital Pride. You can also contact James at his above number (in the paragraph about the Affirmation booth). For more information about Capital Pride in general, visit their website here.
Should I bring my kids? Yes! Explain to them that they will be seeing people who are celebrating their culture and history. It’s a gay version of Pioneer Day with more big hair and less handcart. This is a golden teaching opportunity for you and your children to talk about how even though people are different, Heavenly Father loves us all, and we believe in that equality for all.
Will I see something weird? Yes! You’ll be seeing a whole bunch of Mormons walking in a gay pride parade! You’ll also see drag queens, some angels, grandmothers, marching bands, church groups, just about what you’d expect in a parade.
Will there be a social to meet the other participants? Yes! There will be a kid-friendly interfaith social after the parade, about two blocks from the end of the parade route. Join us there for yummy food and new friends!
If you are going to walk with us:
Last year, many of us wore church clothes, and we looked impressive. We want to look identifiably Mormon, but rest assured, no one will be turned away from contingent based on their sartorial choices. If you want to dress in a thematic outfit, go for it! Missionary? Mom? Joseph Smith? The judges are giving prizes to the contingent whose costumes best exemplify the parade theme. Decide for yourself what your bright Mormon future looks like.
Arrive at the staging area before 3:30 p.m. If you are bringing little ones, you can arrive as late as 4 p.m. We all need to be in line before 4 p.m.
Observe the fire lanes on the street within the staging area. Do not congregate in the fire lanes.
Bring water, snacks, and sunscreen. We will be near a concession, if you need something to drink or eat.
If you can make and bring a colorful sign with your sentiments about Mormonism and LGBT members, and unceasing love! that would be awesome.
Wear sensible shoes and maybe a sun hat. We’re walking, rain or shine!
Use Capital Pride trash receptacles in the staging areas and along the parade route.
Restroom facilities will be available on 22nd St NW.
If you need assistance, look for a parade monitor, who will be wearing a colored cape.
The parade will covers about a 1-½ mile route.