San Francisco Pride weekend was crazy, insane, high-spirited, free-spirited and fun. I’ve been to pride parades and events in Los Angeles multiple years, but I’d never made it up to San Francisco for the events. As I’ve quickly learned since moving here less than 10 months ago, any occasion in San Francisco seems to call for wearing a costume of some sort. So, you can imagine that the locals (and visitors) were all very eager to amp up their personal decoration for the pride parade.
The very, very diverse crowd on parade Sunday did not disappoint. I saw lots of boobs, big ones and little ones, some penii, big ones and little ones; many bottoms, round ones and pancakes. Lots of rainbows. Rainbow flags, rainbow booties, rainbow shorts, rainbow tutus, rainbow hats. Tattoos, piercings, spiky hair, purple wigs. I was offered pills, smackers, weed, hash, beer, vodka, jello shots, beads…We danced, we cheered, we smiled at happy couples. It was festive, it was jubilant and it was joyful. The weather could not have been better for the pride weekend right after the dissolution of DOMA and rejection of Prop 8. San Francisco is known for its cold summers, but pride Sunday was comfortably in the 70s for most of the day, surely encouraging less clothing.
Photos I captured of the event.
With my younger sister (right). This was her very first Pride parade and she loved it. I’m glad I was able to share the experience with her.
The festivities continued City Hall (site of the several same-sex weddings held in 2004 that spurred the legalization of same-sex marriage in CA before Prop 8 overturned it) with food booths, music stages, beer & wine gardens and street dancing. It was a blast!
It touched me to see all the married and soon-to-be-married couples celebrating.
There really were rainbows everywhere you turned.
- Feeling the Pride in San Francisco (littlemissbent.wordpress.com)
- San Francisco Pride Parade: Downtown packed as marchers make their way up Market Street (mercurynews.com)
- Prop. 8 Couples to Star in San Francisco Pride Parade Sunday (blogs.kqed.org)
- Mark Zuckerberg Marches in San Francisco’s Gay Pride Parade (mashable.com)