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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby will participate in the Capital Pride Alliance's 2017 Capital Pride Parade which will take place on Saturday. He will be joined by Natasha Cloud and Ivory Latta of the Washington Mystics and 100 Monumental Sports & Entertainment staff members.

This marks the second year in which Holtby — who is a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community — has participated in the parade. Holtby was named the Caps' LGBTQ-inclusion ambassador by the NHL in February and wore an equality-themed mask during February's Hockey is for Everyone Month.

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Per the team's release:

The parade’s theme is Unapologetically Proud! and is part of the Capital Pride Celebration Weekend, Pride in the Nation’s Capital. Pride in the Nation’s Capital is comprised of more than 50 events celebrating the spirit and strength in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities in Washington, D.C. and the national capital region.

Holtby, Cloud and Latta will walk with 100 Monumental Sports & Entertainment staff members, who will be distributing team giveaways and beads. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also will have a presence at the Pride Festival on Sunday, June 11.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation is selling Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards Pride T-shirts online at https://represent.com/store/msepride  for $24.99 each with proceeds benefitting the You Can Play Project. The shirts feature rainbow team logos and are available for purchase through June 30. T-shirts are available in sizes XS through 3XL. Anyone who purchases a Mystics T-shirt will also receive a voucher redeemable for four tickets to a 2017 Washington Mystics regular season home game (all tickets are based on availability and good for one-time use only). MSE Foundation has already donated more than $30,000 to You Can Play in the past year.

 

You Can Play is an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches and fans, without regard to sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team's success. You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete's skills, work ethic and competitive spirit. For more information on You Can Play, go to  http://www.youcanplayproject.org/ .

The parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Dupont Circle and is expected to go to 6 p.m. to 14th and S Street.

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