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Drag queens on a float at San Francisco Pride 2005
Drag queens on a float at San Francisco Pride 2005
Dykes on Bikes start the parade.
Dykes on Bikes start the parade.
PFLAG contingent at San Francisco Pride 2004.
PFLAG contingent at San Francisco Pride 2004.
BDSM oriented groups and businesses form the Leather Contingent.
BDSM oriented groups and businesses form the Leather Contingent.
San Francisco Pride
San Francisco Pride

The San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration, usually known as San Francisco Pride, is a parade and festival held in June each year in San Francisco to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people and their allies. It is one of the most famous and best-attended pride parades in the world. It is the largest parade of any sort in Northern California and the second largest parade in all of California after the Rose Parade. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1994x1470, 517 KB) Summary San Francisco Pride 2005: Drag queens on float. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1994x1470, 517 KB) Summary San Francisco Pride 2005: Drag queens on float. ... Drag queens Luc DArcy and Jerry Cyr and friend at Montreals 2003 Divers/Cité pride parade. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1646x470, 135 KB) Summary San Francisco Pride 2005: Dykes on Bikes. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1646x470, 135 KB) Summary San Francisco Pride 2005: Dykes on Bikes. ... Download high resolution version (2008x1418, 475 KB)PFLAG contingent at San Francisco Pride 2004. ... Download high resolution version (2008x1418, 475 KB)PFLAG contingent at San Francisco Pride 2004. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Six color rainbow gay pride flag flying over Castro Street, San Francisco, June 2005 The gay pride or simply pride campaign of the gay rights movement has three main premises: that people should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity, that sexual diversity is a gift, and that... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1878x774, 234 KB) Summary San Francisco Pride 2005: SF Citadel group in Leather Contingent. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1878x774, 234 KB) Summary San Francisco Pride 2005: SF Citadel group in Leather Contingent. ... Gay Pride in San-Francisco. ... Gay Pride in San-Francisco. ... United States Marines on parade. ... A festival is an event, usually staged by a local community, which centers on some unique aspect of that community. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... A lesbian is a female emotionally and/or sexually attracted only to other females. ... For other articles with similar names, see Gay (disambiguation). ... In human sexuality, bisexuality describes a man or woman having a sexual orientation to persons of either or both sexes (a man or woman who sexually likes both sexes; people who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to both males and females). ... Transgender (IPA: , from trans (Latin) and gender (English) ) is an overarching term applied to a variety of individuals, behaviors, and groups involving tendencies that diverge from the normative gender role (woman or man) commonly, but not always, assigned at birth, as well as the role traditionally held by society. ... Baton twirlers perform in the 2002 Divers/Cité pride parade in downtown Montreal A pride parade is part of a festival or ceremony held by the LGBT community of a city to commemorate the struggle for gay liberation, gay rights, and gay pride. ... Northern California, sometimes abbreviated NorCal, refers to the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... There is also the Roses Tournament in England Perhaps one of the United States of Americas most important annual festivities, The Tournament of Roses Parade is the 114-year-old traditional parade generally held on New Years Day in Pasadena, California. ...

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Parade

The San Francisco Pride parade is a world-renowned LGBT pride parade. It is held on Sunday morning of the Festival. The route is usually along San Francisco's Market Street, from Beale Street to 8th Street [1]. The parade starts nominally at 10:30 am, though it is hours before all the contingents are able to get onto the parade route, and the last contingent doesn't leave the parade route until 2-4 pm. Baton twirlers perform in the 2002 Divers/Cité pride parade in downtown Montreal A pride parade is part of a festival or ceremony held by the LGBT community of a city to commemorate the struggle for gay liberation, gay rights, and gay pride. ... Market Street in downtown San Francisco. ... Beale Street is a street in Memphis, Tennessee and a significant location in black history and the history of the blues. ...


The parade consists of hundreds of contingents from various groups and organizations. Some of the more well-known contingents are:

  • Women's Motorcycle Contingent, also known as Dykes On Bikes[2]. Several hundred motorcycle riders, all women. Some of the women are topless, some wear leather or fanciful costumes. The sound of hundreds of motorcycle engines gives this contingent a big impact. Part of the reason they are first in the parade is that it's difficult for motorcycles to run reliably at the walking pace of the rest of the parade, so as the first contingent they can move faster.
  • PFLAG, or Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Usually one of the largest contingents, featuring several hundred people. These are typically the (straight) parents or family members of LGBT people, sometimes marching together with their LGBT relatives. Many carry signs indicating where their PFLAG chapter comes from. It's common to see signs from all over Northern California. This contingent is notable for the swell in cheers (and some tears) that follow it along the route.
  • Politicians frequently participate in the parade, as a way of making themselves visible to LGBT prospective voters.
  • Churches of many denominations, or religious-oriented LGBT groups, contribute several dozen contingents.
  • Dance clubs and LGBT-oriented entertainment businesses contribute several contingents. It's common for a dance club to decorate a flat-bed truck or float, and have several people dancing on it, along with loud dance music.
  • The Leather Contingent consists of lesbian, gay and pansexual leather and BDSM groups.

Groups which are anti-gay typically do not have contingents. During the 1990s it was common to see anti-gay protestors in the spectator area along the parade route, holding large signs condemning homosexuality, often with biblical passages. In the 2000s such protestors have become less common. Categories: Stub | LGBT rights organizations ... There are several meanings of float: an air-filled vessel that floats on water, such as some types of lifeboats buoyancy float (project management) floating currency floating exchange rate floating point, a datatype in computer science free float of company stock insurance (investable policyholder funds) root beer float: ice cream... The Leather Pride flag, which has become a symbol of the BDSM and fetish subculture. ... A collar is a common symbol in BDSM. BDSM is any of a number of related patterns of human sexual behavior. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library of Congress. ... This article is becoming very long. ...


Hundreds of thousands of spectators, if not over a million, line the parade route along Market Street. Some arrive hours in advance to claim a prime spot on the curb with a clear view of the street. Others climb onto bus shelters, the walls of subway station stairs, or scaffolding on buildings to get a clear view. As the parade ends, the spectators are able to pass through the barriers and march down Market street behind the parade. The end of the parade route is near the Festival location at the Civic Center. A rapid transit, underground, subway, tube, elevated, or metro(politan) system is a railway — usually in an urban area — with a high capacity and frequency of service, and grade separation from other traffic. ... Categories: Stub ...


Festival

A two-day (Saturday and Sunday) festival has grown up around the Sunday morning parade. It is a collection of booths, dance stages, and vendors around the Civic Center area near San Francisco City Hall. On the Sunday, an area of the festival called Leather Alley features fetish and BDSM oriented booths and demonstrations. Categories: Stub ... San Francisco City Hall in Summer 2003. ... Leather fetishism is the name popularly used to describe a fetishistic attraction to people wearing leather, or in certain cases, to the garments themselves. ...


The festival is traditionally held in the last weekend in June. This commemorates the Stonewall riots. There have been proposals to move it to different dates, for instance to July 4 in 2004. The Stonewall riots, which as a whole is often called the Stonewall Rebellion, were a series of violent conflicts between lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer persons and police officers in New York City. ... For the United States holiday, the Fourth of July, see Independence Day (United States). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The independently organized Pink Saturday is held the Saturday night of the festival in the Castro Street area of San Francisco. Pink Saturday is an event on the Saturday night before Gay Pride Day in San Franciscos Castro District. ... Castro Street is a street in San Francisco, California. ...


Administration

The festival is run by a non-profit organization, the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration Committee. According to their web site, their mission is "to educate the World, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture, and liberate our people."[3]


The event is funded by a combination of donations, corporate advertising, San Francisco city funding, and donations collected from the participants at the festival.


Hundreds of volunteers are involved in running the festival and parade. Of particular note are:

  • Safety monitors, crews of volunteers who help maintain order on the parade route and in the festival, particularly with respect to crowd control, and participant actions that might be harmful to themselves or others. Their philosophy and training is similar to the Black Rock Rangers of Burning Man.
  • Medical volunteers, who provide first aid and medical assistance to participants. These volunteers are typically doctors, nurses, or other trained emergency response staff.
  • Contingent monitors, members of the various contingents who maintain cohesion and safety in a their contingent. They are recruited and trained by the safety monitors.

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Public Transit to the Festival

San Francisco MUNI and BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) provide special service to the Gay Pride festival. Image File history File links Circle-question-red. ... Two forms of public transport operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni): on the left, a bus (the 38 Geary line) and, on the right, the F Market historic streetcar. ... A westbound BART train with aerodynamic design A car in downtown San Francisco. ...


On Pink Saturday, the day before the parade, MUNI provides around the clock MUNI Metro Subway Service from Castro Station to all MUNI Metro Stations System Wide. Trains run every 60 to 90 seconds from 10PM-3AM, with lesser frequencies of approx. every 3 minutes from 3AM to 7AM. Pink Saturday is an event on the Saturday night before Gay Pride Day in San Franciscos Castro District. ... Muni Metro is a mass transit system operated in the City and County of San Francisco by the San Francisco Municipal Railway, managed by the Municipal Transportation Agency. ... Stores on Castro Street near the intersection with 18th. ...


After 7AM Sunday, MUNI gears up with express/limited stop underground service for the Gay Pride Parade. Normal surface transit is suspended on Market Street from Embarcadero to Van Ness Avenue, but special shuttle bus service is provided via Mission and outside the immediate area. MUNI Subway Trains operate at near continuous service all day and into most of the evening on Gay PRIDE Sunday.


Special Surface Shuttle Bus Service is available for certain events.


BART operates longer trains (the maximum length ten car trains) during Gay Pride Weekend, but maintains regular weekend service of trains every 15 to 20 minutes.


History

The first event resembling the modern San Francisco Pride celebration was held in 1970. Since 1972, the event has been held each year. The name of the festival has changed over the years. The event organizers have selected a theme for the event, which is reflected in the logo and the event's publicity. 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


The Rainbow Flag identified with the Gay community was originally created by Gilbert Baker for the 1978 San Francisco Pride Parade. (It originally had 8 stripes, but was later simplified to the current 6 stripes. An 8 stripe Rainbow Flag flies over Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro.) Six color rainbow gay pride flag flying over the Castro gay village in San Francisco, June 2005 Rainbow flags at Bucharests annual GayFest LGBT pride parade, 2005 A rainbow flag is a multi-colored flag consisting of stripes in the colors of the rainbow. ... Harvey Milk (1930-1978) American politician and gay-rights activist. ... The sidewalk on Castro Street looking north from 18th toward Market displays some of the color of the neighborhood. ...

San Francisco Pride History
Year Dates Festival name Theme Estimated attendance
1970 June 28 Gay-in
1971 No Pride festival
1972 Christopher Street West 54,000
1973 Gay Freedom Day A Celebration of the Gay Experience 42,000
1974 Gay Freedom Day Gay Freedom by '76 60,000
1975 Gay Freedom Day Join Us, The More Visible We Are, The Stronger We Become 82,000
1976 Gay Freedom Day United for Freedom, Diversity is our Strength 120,000
1977 Gay Freedom Day Gay Frontiers: Past Present, Future 250,000
1978 Gay Freedom Day Come Out with Joy, Speak out for Justice 240,000
1979 Gay Freedom Day Our Time has Come 200,000
1980 Gay Freedom Day Liberty and Justice for All 250,000
1981 International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade Front Line of Freedom 250,000
1982 International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade Out of Many...One 200,000
1983 International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade Strengthen the Ties, Break the Chains 200,000
1984 International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade Unity & More in '84 300,000
1985 International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade Honor our Past, Secure our Future 350,000
1986 International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade Forward Together, No Turning Back 100,000
1987 International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade Proud, Strong, United 275,000
1988 International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade Rightfully Proud
1989 International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade Stonewall 20: A Generation of Pride
1990 International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade The Future Is Ours
1991 International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade Hand In Hand Together
1992 International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade A Simple Matter Of Justice
1993 International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade Year Of The Queer 400,000 - 500,000
1994 International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade San Francisco to Stonewall: Pride & Protest
1995 San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration A World Without Borders
1996 San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration Equality & Justice For All
1997 San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration One Community Many Faces
1998 June 27-June 28 San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration Shakin' It Up
1999 San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration Proud Heritage, Powerful Future 700,000
2000 San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration It's About Freedom 750,000
2001 San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration Queerific 1,000,000
2002 San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration Be Yourself, Change the World
2003 San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration You've Gotta Give Them Hope
2004 San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration Out 4 Justice
2005 June 25-June 26 San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration Stand Up, Stand Out, Stand Proud
2006 June 24-June 25 San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trangender Pride Celebration Commemorate, Educate, Liberate — Celebrate! "hundreds of thousands"[1]

Note: Several facts in this section are taken from KQED's LGBT timeline[4]. Logos of the various festivals may be seen at SF Pride's website[5]. 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... June 28 is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 186 days remaining. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... For the Smashing Pumpkins song, see 1979 (song). ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... June 27 is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 187 days remaining. ... June 28 is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 186 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ... June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 188 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 24 is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 190 days remaining. ... June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ... KQED is a public broadcasting company based in San Francisco, California. ...


See also

  • Pink Saturday, a separate celebration held in the Castro on Saturday night of SF Pride.

Pink Saturday is an event on the Saturday night before Gay Pride Day in San Franciscos Castro District. ...

Footnotes

  1.  2005 parade route map. SF Pride Committee website. Retrieved on 2006-01-13.
  2.  Dykes on Bikes. SF Women's Motorcycle Contingent website. Retrieved on 2006-01-13.
  3.  About Us: Mission Statement. SFPride.org website. Retrieved on 2006-01-13.
  4.  LGBT Pride: SF Historical Timeline. KQED.org website. Retrieved on 2006-01-13.
  5.  Our heritage. SF Pride Committee website. Retrieved on 2006-01-13.

2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

  1. ^ Sebastian, Simone, Demian Bulwa. "Huge Celebration of Pride: Hundreds of thousands fill Market Street with 'incredible' color", San Francisco Chronicle, 2006-06-26, p. A-1. Retrieved on 2006-06-26.

2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 188 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 188 days remaining. ...

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