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U.S. Armed Forces Color Guard to March in DC Pride Parade in Nationwide First

The Department of Defense has approved, for the first time, a color guard presenting the American flag as well as each flag of the military, to march in the Capital Pride parade in Washington DC on Saturday, the Washington Post reports:

ColorguardThe eight-member team is scheduled to help lead off the 11 / 2-mile parade, immediately preceding the Capital Pride lead banner and grand marshal Chris Kluwe, a former National Football League punter and the author of the book “Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies.”

While no policy has precluded a U.S. Armed Forces color guard from participating in gay rights events since the 2011 repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, gay rights organizations from D.C. to Hawaii say they have routinely faced rejection from local military offices, saying the color guards were otherwise occupied on the days of pride parades.

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  1. In case the weird position of the numbers does not make it clear, the parade is one and one half miles long.

    Posted by: dctopman | Jun 6, 2014 10:30:13 AM


  2. Thanks for that. I was trying to figure out what an 11 and a half mile long parade in DC would look like LOL

    Posted by: DC Insider | Jun 6, 2014 12:27:26 PM


  3. I actually read that as an improper fraction and thought that the parade was 5 1/2 miles long...

    Posted by: Ryan | Jun 6, 2014 12:36:15 PM


  4. One correction... The story should read: "The Department of Defense is, for the first time, providing a color guard to participate in a pride parade." This is not a gay color guard. This is the Military District of Washington Color Guard - the same troops that perform this service for the President and the Secretary of Defense.
    It's much better!

    Posted by: Todd | Jun 6, 2014 6:41:00 PM


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