Washington, DC – June 12, 2010 — This week is Pride Week in the District of Columbia. A week-long series of cultural, athletic, community and religious events presented by Washington’s LGBT community, it is one of the most festive times of the year in DC and marks a prelude to summer. A commemoration of the Stonewall Riots in NY, where gay men and lesbians stood up to oppression, Pride has become a tradition throughout the world and here in Washington where our city will host 250,000 people this weekend.

“Especially this year — the 35th Anniversary of Capital Pride and year when marriage equality became a reality in the District of Columbia — it’s a time for all Washingtonians to celebrate our diversity and reflect on the gains that we have made as a community working together,” said Mendelson.

Phil wishes all the members of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in the Washington Metropolitan Area a very happy pride and looks forward to seeing everyone at the Parade on Saturday evening and at his booth on the Festival grounds on Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday afternoon.

Phil is marching in the Pride Parade on Saturday, June 12, as he has done for the past dozen or more. And his daughter, Addie, will be riding in the convertible as she does every year, helping to distribute thousands of ‘flowered’ leis to the crowd. If you’ve never marched in a Pride Parade it’ll be an experience you’ll remember forever. So, come on down and walk with Phil and friends. It’ll be a heck of a lot of fun. We line up just south of P and 23 Street, NW beginning at 5:30PM. We’ll have Mendelson tee-shirts on hand for you to wear. If you have any questions, give a call to Celeste at 202-270-6877. And remember — this parade goes on no matter what the weather. But nothing rains on this parade!

Happy Pride, everyone!