Saturday evening, Brandi Holtby attended Capital Pride Parade, as she has done for several years. Braden Holtby, who also attended the previous two years, was unable to join her as he was still celebrating the Capitals’ historic Stanley Cup win with the rest of the team.
Though the real silverware couldn’t make it to its first DC parade, Brandi improvised, creating her own out of Pride Tape. She carried the rainbow cup along the parade route, from Dupont Circle to 14th and R., along with other members of the Capitals organization.
Parade number one🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/SllCskyUBa
— Brandi Holtby (@bbholtby) June 9, 2018
The Red Rockers, Slapshot, the Trotz family, and the Capitals all attended, and had a float in the parade. They were all rocking the Capitals’ new Pride shirt made especially for Pride month.
Slapshot also used Pride Tape to customize his jersey for the parade.
Later on Saturday, Braden was spotted wearing a Pride hat as the Capitals took their celebrations across DC. He was wearing it while Jakub Vrana was getting his tattoo, but also on the bus as the Capitals rocked out to blink-182.
Forgot to tweet this one earlier. I think Braden Holtby missed DC Pride for the first time in two years because they were partying with the Cup, but he was wearing a Pride hat at the bar #ALLCAPS #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/u8VdkhdY7Q
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) June 10, 2018
Someone just sent me this – Holtby held Vrana’s hand while he got the tattoo pic.twitter.com/eM49VbC4XC
— WE DID IT (@MOSHxSPICE) June 10, 2018
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Allison Latham later related a story on Twitter about how Holtby had come by the hat in the first place.
Hey @dcsportsbog in case you were wondering where @Holts170 got his hat – he asked me if I went to the pride festival, said he was sad to miss it, asked for my hat, then ensured me my hair looked good before he walked off pic.twitter.com/czAI9kA8Hb
— Allison Latham (@alpal52) June 10, 2018
“He asked me if I went to the pride festival,” Latham wrote on Twitter. “Said he was sad to miss it, asked for my hat, then ensured me my hair looked good before he walked off.”
It was great to see that, despite the disruption from the Capitals winning the Stanley Cup, that the Holtbys, and the organization still made sure to support the LGBTQIA+ community.
Headline photo: @bbholtby/@jbillinson
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