That’s how many years Capital Pride, the annual LGBT pride festival held in Washington D. C. every year in June, is celebrating this month. Did you know that? 38 years? I didn’t.
The website says it was started as a one-day festival by Deacon Maccubbin in 1975. I’ve seen reports of this year’s attendance for the parade to be around 100K persons. To me, that says a lot about the vision of one team and the will of those involved and the understanding and acceptance of many. And coming full circle, it’s a testament to how our dreams and ideas can grow to change lives if we would give our whole selves to them.
My Secret: Well, I’ve been wanting to attend this parade for a while now, but I hadn’t been able to for this reason or that. I enjoy parades (and any large massive groups of people) in general and I’ve heard so much about the energy of the pride parade/festival and seen pictures to prove it. Anywhere that there’s energy… positive energy… I want to be there with camera in hand capturing joy and memories. What I saw mostly at this parade (outside of comedic impersonations of some of my favorite singers) were thousands of people having a good time and being united for love and acceptance… of others and self. That’s alright with me.
The Pictures: This year was my first year attending any pride event. I was able to get to the parade this past weekend right after it started (thus I didn’t have the best spot). Hopefully you enjoy the pics!
Today, I’m thankful for love. God bless.