After a smoky week in the District of Washington DC, the weather cleared for a glorious Pride weekend. With thousands estimated in attendance, Capital Pride 2023 was nothing short of huge. This years lineup featured plenty of star power, from Broadway to Drag Race. The event also featured local DMV talent as well as up and comers on the Monument stage. Here’s a recap of everything at this years festival.
The Best Performer of the Evening: Rina Sawayama
As an artist, Rina Sawayama is known for her experimentation and unique sound. This all came to life during her 30 minute set Sunday evening. Opening up the main portion of the show, Rina performed all her upbeat hits, including ‘XS’, and her iconic LGBT anthem, ‘This Hell’. Accompanied by two dancers, this show felt like headlining set, complete with great choreography, gorgeous vocals, and a striking stage presence.
The Shortest Set of the Evening: Monét x Change
As the next headliner of the evening, I was excited to see Drag Race winner Monét X Change on stage. But by the time it began, she was already saying goodbye and running off stage. While the time she spent on stage was filled with fun moments, me and others around me couldn’t help but feel a bit disappointed. As the evening went on, this performance had me hoping for more from the rest of the lineup.
The Most SURPRISING Set of the Evening: Hayley KIYOKO
As the second billed act, I knew this set was going to be big. However, I didn’t expect the level of intensity and energy brought to the stage by Hayley Kiyoko. Her setlist included her hits like “Girls Like Girls” and some newer songs as well. Check her out if she’s coming to your area!
The Most Interesting Set: Idina Menzel
When looking at past headliners, they have chosen LGBT artists to perform as the headliner. This year, they choose the straight Idina Menzel to headline. While this was a bit dissapointing, her set included songs from her previous musical outings like Rent and Wicked, as well as new solo music. In between these songs were words of encouragement for the community and a message of hope. While her singing was objectively good, I couldn’t help but feel like her set was out of place. Hopefully next year, an LGBT artist can get the prime slot for the evening.
Overall, Capital Pride was a success! Despite the ups and downs, this festival is a great experience, especially for the LGBT youth who are under attack right now.
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