By George Kevin, Special to the AFRO

Pride is officially here, and while the next week promises a plethora of events for all, this past weekend celebrated D.C. Black Pride.

This years theme was “Our Truths in Harmony” according to the D.C. Black Pride site.

Black pride has been a long celebrated historical events in D.C., first starting in 1991, when a group of men, Welmore Cook, Theodore Kirkland and Ernest Hopkins “saw a need to rally the community around the HIV/AIDS epidemic happening in Washington, D.C.,” the site explained.

On Memorial Day weekend, 300,000 people converged in the District to celebrate D.C. Black Pride. (Courtesy Photo)

The event grew from some 800 people gathered at Banneker Field almost 30 years ago, to more than 300,000 people converging on the weekend to celebrate.

The host hotel was the Renaissance in downtown D.C., where there was a vendor expo and events all weekend.

The opening reception on Friday had more than 60 organizations in the D.C. metro area. The weekend was sponsored by several companies and organizations including D.C. Health, Planned Parenthood, Boca Pharmacy Group, Gilead and a host of others.

The D.C. Black Pride Awards, an annual ceremony, recognized several people on local regional and national levels, that helped to elevate the Black LGBTQ community. Some of those people included: Queen Adesuyi , recipient of the D.C. Black Pride Leadership Award, Nii-Quartelai Quartey, recipient of the Welmore Cook Award, and Shi-Queeta-Lee, recipient of the Earline Budd Award.

The Capital Pride Celebration starts May 31 – June 9 in D.C., with the pride parade June 8th and the festival June 9 respectively. For more information please go to the site.