Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in 2017 Capital Pride Weekend events next Thursday through Sunday. Big disruptions include a parade and block party on Saturday and a Sunday concert at the U.S. Capitol headlined by Miley Cyrus. Commuters should plan ahead if they need to either get to Pride events on time or get through the area. Expect increased Metrorail traffic and a number of street closures.

In the staging area, the Metropolitan Police Department will close the following roads between 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.:

  • 23rd Street NW between N Street and Q Street
  • 22nd Street NW between N Street and Q Street
  • N Street NW between 21st Street and 23rd Street
  • Newport Street between 21st Street and 22nd Street
  • O Street NW between 21st Street and 22nd Street
  • Q Street NW between 23rd Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW

The actual parade will start at 4:30 p.m. along this route:

  • East on P Street to Dupont Circle
  • Northeast around Dupont Circle to New Hampshire Avenue
  • Northeast on Hew Hampshire Avenue to R Street
  • East on R Street to 17th Street
  • South on 17th Street to P Street
  • East on P Street to 14th Street
  • North on 14th Street to T Street

Metro announced last week that it will run a near-normal schedule during the Capital Pride Weekend. The closest Metrorail stations to the parade route and associated celebrations will be Dupont Circle (Red Line) about two blocks northeast of the parade assembly area and the U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial (Green Line) near the parade’s end point. Click here for additional information about Metro bus and rail service during the weekend.

Drive yourself into the maelstrom at your own peril, but you can reserve parking spaces through SpotHero.com.

Click on the following links for additional information about the parade and weekend.