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Saturday, June 8: Gay Pride Parade Big Hit With Thousands Along Dupont to U Street Route

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By Phil Carney

This year, the crowd was noticeably larger and even more exuberant than ever before — and the weather was perfect. Liked the increased police presence for crowd control and the much increased use of metal barriers; some previous years the crowds have spread into the street and created hazards parade participants and the cars and floats. This time Assistant Chief Diane Groomes, well-known in the area from when she was the Lieutenant in charge of the PSA east of 15th Street, worked the parade route and her presence was greatly appreciated.

Among the great variety of groups and causes represented, my favorite was a contingent of kids and parents from Ross Elementary School. As always there were hoards of politicians and drag queens. DCCA folks threw out 2,000 bouncing balls. As the parade passed by 16th and P Street, volunteers from Foundry United Methodist Church at the corner dispensed over 140 gallons of lemonade before running out and switching to water.