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Only official DC Black Pride events are listed on this page. If an event is not listed, it is not an officially sanctioned DCBP event. The majority of the events will occur in the host hotel, the Grand Hyatt Washington. All events being held in the host hotel as well as the Cultural Arts/Health and Wellness Festival are free.

Social Events and Parties
Social events and parties are a very important part of DCBP. DCBP has partnered with several organizations to provide various social events and parties. Unleashed DC is the official party promoter for female parties. Omega Entertainment and Daryl Wilson Promotions are the official party promoters for male parties. The social events are planned and managed by the organization listed. 

If a event, social event or party is not listed on this page, it is not an official DC Black Pride event.

*Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25 are the official DCBP event dates. There are some special pre- and post-DCBP events. Events and times are subject to change.

  Wednesday, May 13
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  25th DC Black Pride Awards Reception
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP located at the Columbia Center, 1152 15 St NW, WDC 20005

Admission: $15

Join us to honor the 2015 DC Black Pride Awards recipients. This year’s Welmore Cook Award for community service awardees are long time community activists Steven Walker and Eboné F. Bell. Genise Chambers-Woods will receive the Charlotte Smallwood Award presented to the DC Black Pride volunteer of the year. The DC Black Pride Leadership Award presented to Black LGBT community leaders who are thirty years old or under will be presented to Jessica Pierce and Keith D. Jones, Jr.

The evening will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The program begins at 7:15 p.m.

Host Committee
Join former DC Black Pride presidents and other DC Black Pride supporters on 25th DC Black Pride Awards Reception Host Committee and be part of a special evening of celebration honoring 25 years of DC Black Pride. We request you join by making a $100 contribution.

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  Thursday, May 21
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.   Genesis VI
Stonefish Lounge, 1708 L St NW, WDC 20036

Presented by Omega Entertainment & Daryl Wilson Promotions

  Friday, May 22
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.   Opening Reception
Grand Hyatt Washington

4 – 9 p.m.   The Warm Up Happy Hour
The Bachelors Mill, 1104 8th St SE, WDC 20003

Presented by Omega Entertainment & Daryl Wilson Promotions
Noon – 9 p.m.   Hospitality Suite Open
Grand Hyatt Washington
Noon – 1 a.m.   Game Room Open
Grand Hyatt Washington
8:30 – 10:30 p.m.   Speed Dating/Networking
Grand Hyatt Washington
9 p.m. – 4 a.m.   Annual 5000 Men Pride Mega Party
Bliss Washington DC, 2122 24th Pl NE, WDC 20018

Presented by Omega Entertainment & Daryl Wilson Promotions
  Saturday, May 23
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.   Hospitality Suite Open
Grand Hyatt Washington
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Workshop: Can We Do It Standing Up First?
Grand Hyatt Washington

Presenter: Angie Harvey, Growth Advisor

This is GROWING to be an engaging workshop that will empower each participant to consider the ways we can stimulate and make love in our relationships … standing up or laying down. We’ll discuss and debate the pros, cons and myths about transparency, respect, honest communication, trust, honesty, compromise, understanding and love and discover how making love standing up first can enhance, improve and delight our sexual love making experience laying down … or however they do what they do.
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m   Workshop: MANDATE; WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
Grand Hyatt Washington

Moderator: Ken J. Pettigrew & Terrance Payton

It’s seems at times, for most black gay men, the road ends at finding a date, a boo or a partner. But, what if the real Mandate’s road ended with you? You may know your perfect date but do you know your perfect Mandate? Its time!
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.   Workshops
Grand Hyatt Washington

Another Closet?: Living Openly with HIV
Moderator: Aron Cobbs, Community Educator, Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund

DENIM Presents ILLUMENATIONS A nation of Illuminated men!
Presenters: Travis Wise, Maurice Eckstein and Marko Covington

MJ Harris Financial Workshop
Presenter: Malcolm “MJ” Harris

Presenters: Robert E Graham IV and Jamal Redman, Us Helping Us, People into Living Inc.

Complete Workshop Descriptions

Noon – 1 a.m   Game Room Open
Grand Hyatt Washington
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.   Writer's Forum
Grand Hyatt Washington

The Writers

3 – 7 p.m.   Film Festival
Grand Hyatt Washington

Featured films


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3 – 9 p.m.   The Chill Out Ultimate Day Party
The Park at Fourteenth, 920 14th St NW, WDC 20005

Presented by Omega Entertainment & Daryl Wilson Promotions
7 – 9 p.m.   Poetry Slam hosted by ButtaflySoul
Grand Hyatt Washington

ButtaflySoulThis year we look forward to brothas and sistahs bringing their best poetry and spoken word to the mic. 15 poets, 2 rounds, 3 cash prizes. Slam is made for the people: the audience relates to their stories, responds to their experiences, and is moved by the movement of words, voices, and their embodiment on stage. Hosted by the ButtaflySoul, come celebrate Black Pride through the words that become flesh, that celebrate our past, present, and future, and that highlight the fierce creativity and talent of the Black LGBTQ community worldwide.

How it will work: Sign-ups for the Slam will begin promptly at 6 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt. In the interest of time, there will be only 15 spots available for the 1st round of poetry. After the host opens the mic, a professional sacrificial poet sets the tone for Slam judging and the Slam will begin. Performances should be no longer than 4 minutes (a minute longer than the three minutes given as standard). Going over time will result in one point being taken from the total. A diverse set of five audience members will be chosen to judge, which will also be guided by audience reaction. After the first round, the five poets with the highest scores will move on to a second round. The top three scores will receive 1st ($250), 2nd ($100) and 3rd prizes ($50).

9 p.m. – 4 a.m.   The Encore Mega Party
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd NE, WDC 20018

Presented by Omega Entertainment and Daryl Wilson Promotions
3 – 4 a.m.   Insomniac Mega After-Party
2221 Adams Pl NE, WDC 20018

Presented by Omega Entertainment and Daryl Wilson Promotions
  Sunday, May 24
9 – 11 a.m.   Interfaith Service
Grand Hyatt Washington

Join local affirming churches as we praise, pray, sing and give a message of celebrating our Black Pride through our faiths.
noon – 6 p.m.   Cultural Arts & Wellness Festival
Francis-Stevens Educational Campus, 2425 N St NW (near DuPont Circle), WDC 20037 (outside)

List of Entertainers
3 – 10 p.m.   Mega Day Party featuring K Michelle
Washington Convention Center Main Ballroom, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, WDC 20001

Presented by Omega Entertainment and Daryl Wilson Promotions
10 p.m. – 5 a.m.   Men N Demand Mega Party
The Park at Fourteenth, 920 14th St NW, WDC 20005

Presented by Omega Entertainment and Daryl Wilson Promotions
  Monday, May 25
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.   Annual Us Helping Us Picnic at the Park (Free and Open to All)
Fort Dupont Park, 3600 Minnesota Ave SE, WDC 20019
7 p.m.
(doors open at 6 p.m.)
  "MIGHTY REAL: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical"
Howard Theater, 620 T St, NW, WDC 20001
Tickets: $69.50 - $89.50. Limited VIP Tickets Available

Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical
"MIGHTY REAL" tells the life story of Sylvester through HIS music HIS way. Beyond all the trials, tribulations, glitz and glamor of his lifestyle, he was a symbol for being FABULOUS and unapologetically who he was through any adversity. This show takes you on a journey from his humble beginnings in L.A., his experiences with Two Tons ‘o Fun (The Weather Girls) and his love life all using his musical catalogue.

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9 a.m. – 2 p.m.   Last Call, The Grand Finale
Stadium Club, 2127 Queens Chapel Rd NE, WDC 20018

Presented by Omega Entertainment and Daryl Wilson Promotions
  Saturday, May 30
7 p.m.
(doors open at 6 p.m.)
  "Sensuality II"
Howard Theater, 620 T St, NW, WDC 20001
Tickets $45 - $60. VIP Tickets Available

Sensuality II
Clouds In My Coffee is back for 2015 with SENSUALITY II, the story of two women in love traveling to Mary's House DC*. The couple have exciting stops along the way - Shi-Queeta Lee's Drag Emporium and Chocolate City Burlesque Palace among others. The love story continues...

*The show is a fundraiser for Mary's House DC which is a LGBT senior living facility which will open in DC in the near future.
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