Under our diverse roof of San Diego, there’s an opportunity around every corner to celebrate someone’s unique contribution to our eclectic table.
The San Diego Pride Festival, held this July 16th at 11am, will sustain as one of the largest gay pride celebrations on the West Coast. Attracting all ages, the festival is a chance for our community to show that San Diego is in fact, a tolerant community, filled with love and support for all.
For two hours of undivided, total fabulous glory, the Pride Festival parade begins at University Avenue and Normal Street, then proceeds west to 6th Avenue, ending on Balboa Drive and Upas Street. To participate in the parade, you need to be part of a non-profit social organization, government, for-profit, national, or motorcycle club and register online.
This year’s theme, Pride Around the World, celebrates with a colorful and enormous display of fantastic festivities, featuring concert performers, four stages, three dance floors and hundreds upon hundreds of booths. While the event celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, all are welcome to join in the fun.
Around multiple stages of entertainment, the cultural festival includes more than 80 musicians, bands, comedy and dance performers, 300 performing vendor booths, an art exhibit, cultural presentations, and irresistible food. Don’t forget about the Farmer’s market, beer gardens, wine grotto, cool zone, leather realm, Children’s Garden, and much much more. It’s a celebration with something for everyone, highlighting all the goodness our city has to offer. The San Diego Pride Celebration Committee is a year-round organization engages in activities that extend well beyond planning for the annual Pride celebration. The fiercely blunt, comedian Margaret Cho will bring her non-conformist brand of comedy to Pride’s main festival stage on July 16th, at Marston Point in Balboa Park.
You can also be a part of the rally, scheduled to include Keynote Speaker Marianne Williamson, and Grand Marshal Daniel Hernandez Jr. On Saturday, you can expect Grand Marshal Meredith Baxter to moderate all events. Other fun and engaging entertainment to include Toby Love, Salt N Pepa, and Frenchie Davis.
Event, parties and rallies take place throughout the days spanning the event, but the main attraction is Saturday’s gay Pride Parade, where 100,000 people line the streets of Hillcrest and Balboa Park to see the spectacle of stars. With musicians, bands, comedy and dance performers, stages will be packed to the brim as one of the largest spectacles in San Diego. One day tickets are $15, while a two-day pass is only $25. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
About The San Diego Pride Festival: The mission of San Diego LGBT Pride is “Fostering pride in and respect of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities locally and globally.” This year’s Pride celebration features a political rally, July 15, in Balboa Park; a mile-long parade down University Avenue, July 16; and a two-day festival with live entertainment, July 16 and 17 in the park. For more information or to volunteer, call 619.297.7683.