San Francisco Pride
Taking place from the 25th-26th June, San Francisco Pride is a celebration of the LGBT community and one of the largest gatherings of its kind in America. Starting off with humble beginnings back in the 1960s, the March is now participated in by over 200 groups and there are over 30 eclectic concerts and events taking place each year. San Francisco is a city famous for having a thriving LGBT community, with the popular Castro District known to be the world’s most prominent gay district. Similarly, the rainbow coloured flag that has been adopted by LGBT communities all over the world was designed by Gilbert Baker in the 1978 San Francisco Pride. A city at the forefront of acceptance and unity, attending San Francisco Pride is a must-see event that promises fun, spectacle and celebration.
What’s happening this year?
2016 marks the 46th San Francisco Pride and, as ever, there are some incredible events to look forward to. From comedy appearances and musical performance to the iconic March that runs west along Market Street, Pride is bursting with events. Here are a few you can’t miss:
INFORUM- Monday 20th June
Taking place on the Monday before Pride weekend, this event involves discussion around gay rights as well as exploring issues around racial and economic injustice. With a panel of influential speakers, it’s a great opportunity to hear what people have to say about their successes and issues within the LGBT community.
LGBT Pride Festival- Saturday 25th June
For a mix of entertainment, head to the San Francisco Civic Centre Plaza on Saturday the 25th for an afternoon of incredible acts across a dozen stages and venues. Highlights include a performance from Jessica Sutta, a former member of The Pussycat Dolls, DJ sets from Shaun J Wright as well as venues like the Faerie Freedom Village and the LGBT Family Garden. More events also take place in the following day.
46th Annual LGBT Pride Parade
An event that simply can’t be missed, the March through San Francisco’s streets will kick off at 10.30am and feature over 200 groups. The theme for this year’s Pride is “For Racial and Economic Injustice” so expect some thought-provoking and spectacular collaborations and displays.
San Francisco Pride takes place at the end of June every year so if you can’t make it this June, keep it on the agenda for your holidays next year. For more information on events check out their website below.