What should I wear for the weather?
Temperatures are expected to reach the high 80s during Parade time. Hot. And humidity is estimated to be as high as 89%, so that means even if there’s clouds, it’s important to stay hydrated and give yourself breaks in the shade. So, like, DC hot. That humidity is going to feel like walking through a bowl of balmy pea soup, but the upside is that it’ll be great for your hair and your skin! The UV index is a 9 out of 10, so wear sunblock or sunscreen (again, think of the skin). Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and sneakers will definitely make your day more enjoyable.
There are some scattered afternoon thunderstorms expected to develop around 2pm, so maybe bring a light jacket, or don’t and dance in the rain. That’s cool, too. The thunderstorms will likely hit in the evening as well, starting around 8pm and continuing for most of the night. The sun sets around 8:30pm.
Wait, what is the Block Party?
Entertainment, food, drinks, and partying -- that’s what it is! The Block Party will involve lots of dancing and DJ showcases all day long. The Logan Beverage Garden is open from 4pm to 9:30pm and will provide a place to watch and listen to the music while sipping on a refreshing cocktail. Local food trucks will also be serving food from 4pm to 9:30pm, so you can have the energy to dance all night.
The Accessibility Zone is for individuals in need of mobility assistance and/or sign language interpretation, and it will offer prime viewing for the Pride Parade and Block Party Stage entertainment. Entrance to the Accessibility Zone is on the south side of P Street on 15th Street. Volunteers will escort you through the crowd to gain access. To request access (best to do it ahead of time), email email@example.com. The Zone is open to individuals of all ages in need of mobility assistance and/or sign language interpretation. There is no alcohol permitted.
To get to the Block Party, take the Metro Red line to Dupont Circle-Q Street Exit to get to 15th Street NW between P Street and Church Street. Bags and backpacks are subject to search.
What is the Pride Concert?
At the end of what is sure to be a long and fun-filled weekend, you can top it all off with the Concert on Sunday. Attended by more than 300,000 people, it’s actually the largest annual event in the National Capital Region, and will feature three stages, tons of cool artists, and food and drinks. The concert is free and open to the public, with pit- and VIP-zone tickets available for purchase.
The artists performing this year include Alessia Cara, Troye Sivan, Max, Asia O’Hara, Keri Hilson, Kim Petras, the Gay Men’s Chorus, and more. Meet-and-greet passes for specific artists are also available. You can find more information about specific performances and stage location information here.
Dupont Dance Stage is going to be popping off from 12pm to 8pm; the Monument Festival Stage from 12pm to 7pm, the Capitol Concert Stage from 1pm to 8pm, and the Sunset Dance Party kicks off at 8pm and ends at 10pm.