This Weekend: San Francisco Pride
Talk about timing. Just after the Supreme Court’s ruling that marriage equality is constitutionally protected, the 45th annual San Francisco Pride two-day Celebration and Parade takes place June 27 through 28. The event is a commemoration of the rebellion at New York City’s Stonewall Inn after a police raid on June 27, 1969, growing to become an iconic part of the struggle for equal rights. It has been held each year since 1972 under a variety of names, according to the Pride website. These include Christopher Street West, Gay Freedom Day, International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade and its present incarnation as the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration.
“Since its modest beginnings,” the Pride site says, “San Francisco Pride has grown to be one of the largest and most well-known Pride events in the world. Pride has come to symbolize several things: the long history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer dignity, the freedom of all people to meaningfully and proudly express their sexual and gender identities, and the commitment of LGBT people to combating oppression. From this history of rebellion grew the mission of San Francisco LGBT Pride: to educate the World, celebrate our culture, commemorate our heritage, and liberate our people.”
The festivities kick off on Saturday, June 27 in Civic Center Plaza with a gathering that will last from noon until 6 p.m. Then on Sunday, June 28, the official kickoff for the Pride Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. The march begin at 11 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. along Market Street from Beale to Eighth Street. Official parade grandstand seating begins at 9:30 a.m. at United Nations Plaza while the Official SF Pride VIP Party takes place from 2 p.m to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the City Hall Rotunda.
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