Celebrations are going take place in the queer capital of the US — Washington, DC


WorldPride celebrations started in 1997, and have usually been held every two years since then. In November 2022, the Capital Pride Alliance (CPA) was selected by InterPride to host WorldPride in 2025. During the closing ceremony of this year’s Sydney WorldPride on 5 March, the official WorldPride title was passed to Washington, DC. A few days later on 8 March, representatives from CPA and other DC organisations travelled to Sydney to celebrate receiving the handover. As Washington, DC is said to have one of the highest percentages of LGBTQIA people in the United States, this event promises to have queer people at its heart.

CPA shared this gracious post on Instagram after the official handover:

WorldPride is a brilliant initiative to increase the visibility of LGBTQIA people around the globe, and celebrate the continued existence of our community at large. Not only does WorldPride have fabulously queer parades, but they often also have concerts, human rights conferences, and festivals. With a community as diverse as ours, it only makes sense that there are so many different possibilities for those that want to participate.

The CPA Board President, Ashley Smith, said that “WorldPride embodies the best parts of humanity, community, the will to learn, and the ability to celebrate our achievements freely and safely as a global family. It’s also a time to allow ourselves to have fun and make unforgettable memories with millions of friends new and old from around the globe.”

Washington DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser stated, “We congratulate Sydney WorldPride on a successful, empowering, and legacy-setting WorldPride. As DC now takes the mantle and starts preparing to host WorldPride in 2025, we look forward to working with the Capital Pride Alliance and InterPride to ensure a celebration that will be centered on our DC values and be a celebration of the diversity and strength of DC’s LGBTQ+ community. We can’t wait to welcome you to Washington, DC in 2025.”

The event will take place from 23 May – 8 June, 2025.

For more information, visit www.WorldPrideDC.org and www.CapitalPride.org.

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