Will a record number of people attend DC pride & the Equality March?

Over 200,000 people are expected to flood into the nation’s capitol for this weekend’s pride activities according to organizers and the national Equality March for Unity and Pride could swell those numbers considerably.

Capital Pride’s official activities, like Saturday’s 1.5 mile parade and Sunday’s festival, will be joined with a protest march on Sunday morning that was organized online. Thousands of LGBT people and allies are also expected to march in solidarity in cities around the nation.

While the protest march organizers admit they have no idea how many people to expect on Sunday morning, a similar protest march held in 2009 drew approximately 200,000 people in early October. Many local activists and LGBT organization staffers have privately complained that the 2009 march was better organized and they’ve been left without a clue of how many people to expect.

Most national LGBT organizations have reluctantly endorsed the march now, but most have done little to nothing to support it other than an email or two to their members and reserving a spot to march while carrying signs promoting their organization. Organizational leaders have complained that the march is a waste of money and resources, is poorly organized, and admit they will treat it like a pride parade minus the floats.

“What will it accomplish?” asked one organizational leader who asked to remain anonymous. “They have no plan for after the march. What are they asking for? What will they do with the excitement they could build? What will they do if it fizzles? They just don’t know.”

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