World Cup and Gay Parade took Dupont Circle by Storm

The Mini World Cup in Dupont Circle – USA 1 : England 1.

This was the highest World Cup fever I had ever seen among the Washingtonians since 1985 when I moved here in DC.  It is about time 🙂  Soccer has seemingly gripped a good portion of the nation’s attention. Thousands gathered to watch U.S. take on stiff ass Brits in FIFA World Cup  around the circle and the surrounding Bars and clubs.

The event was organized by Michael Lipin and friend Aaron DeNu, the same men who organized the massive snowball fight, also in Dupont Circle, during the February Blizzard of 2010. Dupont Festival, which aims to organize public outdoor activities in Dupont Circle, also played a key role in organizing the event.


Fans came in droves, dressed in red, white and blue to support their team. Some brought beach chairs, others blankets and all in all, everyone just had a good time.

Lucky for fans, Dupont Circle has its own station on the Washington Metro’s Red Line.

Given the game ended 1:1, I have no doubt the enthusiasm for Team U.S.A. continue against Slovenia on Jun 18 10:00am (ET) and Algeria.

Below is a video of  fans at Dupont Circle celebrating:

Shortly after, it was the Classic Gay Parade in the Circle:

I was very impressed with the US team – certainly compare to their game against Iran back in the World Cup 1998 in France when they lost 2:1.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

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