Braden Holtby marches in Capital Pride Parade

Ben Krimmel
June 09, 2019 - 10:03 pm
Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and other D.C. sports teams represented in Capital Pride Parade.

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Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby was among several representatives from D.C. sports teams matching in the Capital Pride Parade Saturday in Washington.

Holtby, who is active among LGBTQ causes and the Human Rights Campaign, was joined by his wife Brandi and dozens of employees and representatives of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the company run by Ted Leonsis which operates the Capitals, Washington Wizards, and Washington Mystics.

"You won't find a place where there's more people enjoying each other's company than they are here today," Holtby said before the parade, which marked the third year has marched.

“It’s been something that we’ve been able to do for a few years,” Holtby said. “From the first year we were able to do it you can tell just the joy and the change that it can bring. We just want to show our part. The thing I’m most proud of is our team and Monumental are here beside us showing support and trying to teach the younger generation about what we believe in.”

Capitals national anthem singer Bob McDonald was also on hand.

At the #PrideParade w/ The Caps, Bob McDonald, Kim Johnson & so many more! I’m wearing GRAllen’s Cape & FFF’s hat and we’ll be marching w/ the MSE Float - Looks to be an amazing day!

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One lucky Caps fan even got a sweater off Holtby before shedding a few tears of joy.

D.C. United was also represented at the parade and festival. The club will hold their 9th annual United Night Out Pride Night on June 26th during MLS' "Soccer for All" month.

The Washington Nationals, who were playing in California over the weekend, held their 15th pride night on Tuesday.

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