Later this month Braden Holtby will represent the Washington Capitals in Las Vegas at the NHL Awards gala in Las Vegas, but this weekend he will show his support for the LGBT community by walking in the Capital Pride Parade, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Saturday through the streets of Washington.

“I am honored to represent the Capitals and participate in this important event that shines light on the contributions the LGBT community makes every day,” Holtby said in a statement released by the team. “I believe in equality for all people and I look forward to showing my support along with our organization and fans.”


Holtby, a finalist for the Vezina Trophy after tying Martin Brodeur’s single-season wins record with 48 victories, will walk with Capitals mascot Slapshot, Red Rockers, Washington Wizards Wizard Girls, Washington Mystics Energy Squad and Monumental Sports and Entertainment staff members in conjunction with the You Can Play Project.

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. All members walking in the contingency will wear #RockTheRainbow shirts.

The parade’s theme is Make Magic Happen and is part of 2016 Celebration of Pride in the Nation’s Capital. More than 25 events celebrating the spirit and strength in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities in Washington and its surrounding area will take place as part of the afternoon.


The annual Capital Pride Parade draws 150,000 spectators, travels 1.6 miles through segments of the city important to the LGBT community, and this year will include more than 180 contingents. The celebration is produced by the Capital Pride Alliance, a nonprofit entity incorporated in the District of Columbia with the purpose of supporting, celebrating and inspiring our diverse communities with the annual Capital Pride events and related activities throughout the year.

For more information on the Capital Pride Parade and the complete schedule of events during the 2016 Celebration of Pride, visit