San Francisco Pride Celebration and ParadeEvery June, San Francisco hosts America’s single biggest Gay Pride parade and festival. Started in 1972, the parade features hundreds of contingents from dozens of organizations and lasts for nearly three and a half hours, with the grand marshals, individuals and organizations honored for their work in furthering community causes, as the highlight of the event. The two-day festival features booths, dance stages and vendors, all celebrating LGBT culture, and some of the world’s most famous musicians have played there.
Experience this classic and ever-growing event for yourself June 29-30. See an amazing variety of costumes and people of all kinds celebrating the same thing, pride. Drink, eat some delicious street food, and then dance away. Shop for a variety of trinkets you’ll never find elsewhere. On top of it all, the entire event is completely free to attend, and there are no barriers separating it from the rest of the city. The parade starts Saturday at 10:30 and runs down Market Street, from Beale to 8th, and the festival takes place at the civic center.