The LGBT community will once again be celebrated by San Francisco this weekend at the city’s 49th annual Pride celebration, traditionally held on the last weekend of June.
The two-day celebration, held at Civic Center Plaza, will be filled with inspirational performers, events and parties. The celebrations will begin on Saturday at 12 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m., ending at 6 p.m. both days.
“I think younger generations are much more aware of our connectedness and of what collective power looks like than when I was younger,” said Jen Orthwein, 2018 recipient of Heritage of Pride Freedom award, according to the SF Pride website. “I am inspired by the sheer number of youth of all backgrounds, abilities and identities who are engaging in and influencing our politics.”
The annual Pride Parade will be held on Sunday at 10:30am on Market Street from Beale to 8th. More than 100,000 spectators are expected to attend.
Entry into the event is free, although small donations of $1 to $5 are requested at entry points. Viewers may also purchase tickets to the grandstands for a better view of the parade, and tickets to the VIP party held on Sunday night at City Hall are still available on the SF Pride website. Some volunteer opportunities are still open.
Silicon Valley is holding its own Pride celebration, complete with a parade, on Aug. 24-25 at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park in San Jose. Oakland will hold a Pride celebration on Sept. 8 on Franklin Street.
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