Saturday evening, Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Braden Holtby participated in the 2017 Capital Pride Parade along with his wife Brandi. It’s the second-straight year the Holtbys have been in the parade and the third time they’ve been to the event.
Walking from Dupont Circle to 14th and S., a clean-shaven Holtbeast, while sucking on a lollipop, took photos with fans and held up a rainbow flag in support of the LGBTQ community.
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My embarrassingly awkward photo. Love our goalie. ❤💙💚💛💜 pic.twitter.com/01ujXQYJey
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i have a video! i don’t really know how to trim it on my phone but here you go (and sorry it’s vertical) pic.twitter.com/541rEQgcfO
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Months after participating in the 2016 parade, Holtby expanded his support for the LGBTQ community during the season, becoming one of the most visible and prominent athletes in the area to support equality in sports.
Holtby was named the Caps’ LGBTQ-inclusion ambassador by the NHL in February. Holtby also raised thousands of dollars for You Can Play after wearing a custom-designed mask during Hockey Is For Everyone month. For his dedication to the cause, Holtby received the DC Pride Ally Award in May.
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