Mid-Atlantic Leather (MAL) Pride is an annual event that takes place in Washington, D.C., typically over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in January.
Founded in the mid-1980s, MAL Pride is organized by the Centaur Motorcycle Club, a social and philanthropic group with a focus on the leather and fetish communities. The event attracts thousands of participants from across the United States and around the world. It serves as a celebration of the leather and fetish subcultures and provides an opportunity for like-minded individuals to come together, socialize, learn, and support various charitable causes.
The primary venue for MAL Pride is the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Attendees can enjoy a wide range of activities, including:
Leather Cocktails: A formal, invitation-only social gathering that traditionally kicks off the weekend festivities.
Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather Contest: A competition where contestants showcase their personality, community involvement, and commitment to the leather lifestyle, vying for the title of Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather.
Leather Market: A vendor fair featuring a diverse selection of leather and fetish gear, clothing, accessories, and adult toys from local, national, and international artisans and merchants.
Workshops and Panel Discussions: A series of educational sessions on various topics related to the leather and fetish communities, such as history, culture, relationships, and skills.
Social Events and Parties: Numerous themed gatherings and parties hosted by various clubs, organizations, and individuals, offering attendees a chance to mingle, network, and have fun.
Pup and Handler Events: Activities specifically designed for those interested in or involved with the pup and handler community.
Silent Auction: A charity fundraiser featuring a variety of items donated by businesses, organizations, and individuals, with proceeds benefiting local and national charities.
Throughout the years, MAL Pride has been successful in fostering a sense of community, raising awareness, and contributing to various charitable causes. It is an inclusive event, welcoming individuals of all genders, sexual orientations, and interests within the leather and fetish communities.
Please note that the event is intended for adults aged 18 or older, and ID verification may be required for certain activities. It is also essential to stay informed of any updates or changes to the event schedule, rules, and protocols, especially considering the ongoing global health situation.