The Capital Pride Alliance (CPA) is busy planning the inaugural Colorful Fest, proudly presented by Xfinity and Nissan. Held on the third weekend of October, the fundraiser event will include a Block Party and Street Fair. The Street Fair will feature small independent businesses, community and cultural groups, artisans, and food along 15th Street. The Block Party, held at the adjacent St. Luke’s Episcopal Church parking lot, will include entertainment, a pop-up from the highly anticipated As You Are Bar, and dancing throughout the day. A $5 donation and proof of vaccination are required to enter the Block Party. “We’re looking forward to bringing our multi-faceted community back together once again this Fall, all while supporting local organizations and small businesses,” said Ryan Bos, CPA Executive Director. “It’s important now more than ever to support Pride organizations, particularly as we gear up for 2022 and beyond.” Funds raised at the Colorful Fest will benefit the Capital Pride Alliance and its recently formed GivePride365 Fund.
CPA has also announced its bid for WorldPride 2025 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebration of Pride in the Nation’s Capital. WorldPride, licensed by InterPride and organized by its participating member organizations, is an international event that promotes visibility and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) issues on a global level. WorldPride events include parades, marches, festivals and other cultural activities often enjoyed at Pride celebrations, along with other components such as a human rights conference and large-scale opening and closing ceremonies. A recent study conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton, revealed that the annual Capital Pride Celebrations, during normal years, result in approximately $371 million dollars in positive economic impacts to the region, a number that may be doubled if the organization is awarded the prestigious event. A decision about WorldPride 2025 will take place in November.
CPA is currently accepting applications for volunteer leadership positions to serve on the Board of Directors and Production Team. The return of in-person celebrations requires a committed, creative, and empowered team ready to support the organization and other LGBTQ+ non-profits in the region. “While we will continue to offer virtual programs, we believe that these modified, in-person events will provide attendees with a much-needed sense of belonging and camaraderie,” said Board President, Ashley Smith. “If you’re interested in making a difference in the LGBTQ+ community, being visible, and letting your voice be heard, we encourage you to become involved by volunteering your time, donating, or simply attending one of our events,” Smith concluded.
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The Capital Pride Alliance (CPA), located in Washington, DC, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the LGBTQ+ community all year long, through educational programs, fundraising, outreach and advocacy, providing platforms for visibility, and supporting the work of our many community organizations and local businesses.
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