Braden Holtby To Represent Washington Capitals in DC Pride Parade
When the Capital Pride Parade leads off on Saturday, June 11, in Washington, D.C., the Washington Capitals will be represented by one of their star players, goaltender Braden Holtby, the Washington Post reports.
Holtby has long been a supporter of the You Can Play Project, who coordinated the Capitals’ appearance in this year’s parade. According to the Post, Holtby and his wife had planned to attend the parade anonymously as they did last season. When the Capitals asked him to represent the team officially, he jumped at the chance. As he told Dan Steinberg of the Post, “You’re making a bigger statement for a cause that we feel is necessary to society,” Holtby said of his appearance. “It just seemed like a no-brainer to me.”
This marks the first time the Capitals have had an official presence marching in the parade, which celebrates LGBT communities and individuals, but they are at least starting off with a bang. Holtby, who has long had a commitment to supporting LGBT equality, brings the cache of a star player and Vezina nominee to the Capitals’ delegation.
“For fans to see that not only is the organization supportive, but also that their players are putting a face to it is incredibly important,” said Jillian Svensson, You Can Play’s vice president of development and operations. “They are role models, and [Holtby] marching in solidarity and support with the LGBT community is huge, especially for the young people in the community. Such a public display of support is huge for them.”
Of course, the Holtbys are not the only goalie couple involved with LGBT issues, of course. Ben and Jenny Scrivens have been vocal supporters of You Can Play and have marched in Pride Parades in both Edmonton and Toronto.
— Ben Scrivens (@ben_scrivens) June 6, 2015
The Capital Pride Parade leaves the Dupont Circle area at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit CapitalPride.org.