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2015 San Francisco Pride Parade
Photograph: Virginia Mae Rollison2015 San Francisco Pride Parade

Wave your rainbow flag at the best Pride events in San Francisco

Say it loud and and say it proud: We love San Francisco Pride!

Written by
Shoshi Parks
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With an LGBTQ+ population over 100,000 strong, San Francisco's is among the country's best Pride celebration. From the annual dyke and trans marches at Dolores Park to the giant Pink Triangle on Twin Peaks to the weekend's party epicenter at Civic Center, it's a celebration the entire city can get behind. Though the official event only lasts two days, keep the spirit of Pride alive all year long at the city's best drag shows and karaoke bars.

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San Francisco Pride events

It wouldn’t be Pride without a performance from the country’s first out-and-proud chorus. The group will end their 41st season with QUEENS, a concert that memorializes the past, present and future of LGBTQ rights in three performances at The Sydney Goldstein Theater (formerly Nourse Theater). Tickets range from $25-99.

 

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The giant triangle of pink cloth installed for the weekend at the top of Twin Peaks is one of Pride’s most public displays. The powerful symbol, which is made up of more than 175 pieces of canvas, commemorates LGBT victims of the Holocaust. Show up with a hammer and gloves to help the giant installation come to life. Free.

 

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Honor the Grand Marshals of the Pride Parade at this rainbow brunch benefit. Eat, drink and dance with city officials and LGBTQ activists to the stylings of the Dixieland Dykes +3. Proceeds from ticket sales, as well as a raffle and silent auction, will go to the PRC, a local health and human services organization. Tickets start at $125. 

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Dyke Rally & March

Dykes and those who love them will take over Dolores Park for the 27th year in a row in a Pride weekend rally eclipsed only by the official parade. Join thousands of supporters in an event that will include speeches from community activists, DJs and live music. The march through the Castro, 50,000 dykes strong, begins at 5pm. Free.

 

Wave your rainbow flag at this colorful and historic parade that draws more than 100,000 spectators to Market Street every year. The march kicks off with hundreds of Dykes on Bikes, followed by floats, musical performances and lots of scantily clad LGBTQ community members and their allies. If you’re not covered in glitter by evening, you did it wrong. Free.

 

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When the parade is over, head to City Hall for an exclusive VIP party. Find three rooms of toe-tapping, mind-bending entertainment and dancing including the Glamamore Fashion Retrospective and Drag Cabaret, along with a bar stocked with beer, spirits, wine and, of course, champagne. Tickets $85.

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