Summer pride celebrations postponed to mitigate COVID-19 spread

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Officials will announce new dates for Capital Pride festivities in the coming weeks.

The District’s annual Capital Pride festivities scheduled for the summer have been postponed to protect attendants from COVID-19, NBC Washington reported Monday.

Related events like Youth Pride, D.C. Latinx Pride and D.C. Black Pride are also postponed or canceled, according to NBC. New dates for rescheduled events will be announced in the coming weeks, according to a Capital Pride press release.

“I know the LGBTQ+ community is always determined and resilient in the face of a challenge,” Ashley Smith, the president of the Capital Pride Alliance board, said in the release. “Our history is one of struggle, and with the care and support of the hundreds of thousands of people who participate in Capital Pride events, I can say with confidence that we will persevere and be there for each other in these unprecedented times.”

The announcement follows “stay-at-home” orders Mayor Muriel Bowser and Maryland and Virginia governors have issued to prevent spreading the virus.

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