"What a dump," Bette Davis famously said, later imitated by Elizabeth Taylor in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. That is not the reaction we want guests to have when they visit the gayborhood. With a month's worth of Pride ahead of us, the time is ripe for a little scrub-down and cleanup on Capitol Hill, and Pridefest is very responsibly taking the lead on giving the streets a little spit-shine. Help pick up trash, wipe away detritus, and clear away clutter. Oh sure, filth is still an integral part of Pride, and sweathogs and pisspigs are welcome to roam free all month long, but at least the pavement can look marginally presentable. Registration starts at 9 am, which is very optimistic for a Saturday, but it runs through noon, leaving you with plenty of time to clean yourself up and head over to Pride in the Park.

After all, Bruce Harrell can't sweep every inch of the city himself.

Taking Pride in Capitol Hill registration opens at 9 am. Cleanup runs from 10 to noon, followed by a lunch.