Your Guide To San Francisco Pride 2016

June 24, 2016 12:00 AM

SAN FRANCISCO, CA- JUNE 28: San Francisco's Ferry Builiding is seen behind marchers in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The 2015 pride parade comes two days after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. (Photo by Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

San Francisco Pride Parade (credit: Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

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SF PRIDE 2016 – “For Racial and Economic Justice”

Each year, San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade takes on a much bigger tone. Held June 25-26, #SFPride is the center of a month-long celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender culture across the world and in the Bay Area. June has become Gay Pride month in many places across the world, including the United States. San Francisco will lead the celebration with parades and events for all orientations to enjoy.

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San Francisco Pride
Civic Center, San Francisco
Market and Polk Streets
(415) 864-0831

Price: SFPride is a FREE event, but they do ask for a $5-$10 donation from all attendees who are able to pay and will benefit local charities.

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Official SF Pride Events:
Saturday, June 25 – Civic Center Plaza
LGBT Pride Festival – 12:00Noon to 6:00pm

Sunday, June 26 – Market Street, San Francisco
46th Annual SF LGBT Pride Parade
Parade kicks off at 10:30am Market & Beale
Ends at Market & 8th Street
in Downtown San Francisco
Click here for a Parade Map

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Sunday, June 26 – Civic Center
Sunday LGBT Pride Festival
11:00am – 6:00pm

After the parade, located at the end of the route, hang out and be part of the largest LGBT community! With double the size from last year, the LGBT Pride Festival boasts 20 stages/venues of entertainment for everyone.
Click here for details

Google’s Virtual Pride Parade:

If you can’t make it out to the parade, you can now walk the San Francisco Pride Parade with your computer, mobile device and through Google Cardboard. Thanks to Google’s immersive 360 technology and YouTube 360, you can take a stroll through Market Street with the rest of the parade goers and virtually anyone viewing it the same way around the world. Check it out on the player above. Learn more at and share the experience with the hashtag: #Prideforeveryone

Sunday, June 26 – San Francisco City Hall
Official San Francisco Pride VIP Party – 2:00pm ($50.00)

Party at San Francisco Pride’s VIP Party inside SF City Hall. Enjoy delicious food, drinks, and three entertaining rooms in the historic City Hall Rotunda.
Click here for details and to purchase tickets

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San Francisco has long been a center of gay culture and activism, first as a busy port city during the era of maritime trade and later as an embarkation point for military troops. Since its founding as a boomtown during the California Gold Rush, San Francisco was known as a “wide open town” that tolerated many, at the time, illegal and socially-sanctioned behaviors. San Francisco’s relative tolerance meant that many gay and lesbian people chose to settle in the city. After World War II, the beatnik movement centered in San Francisco.

By the 1960s, the growing gay rights movement, spurred by discrimination and police harassment, found one of its centers in the Bay area. The first Pride march was held in San Francisco, and other major American cities in 1970, as a response to the one-year anniversary of the police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City. San Francisco Pride, in its various guises throughout the years, became a seminal experience for many LGBT people.

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By the 1970s, San Francisco and neighborhoods like the Castro became a gay mecca. The AIDS crisis, and more recently the debate over marriage rights, has kept many members of the GLBT community focused on activism and awareness. This is illustrated by the theme of the 2012 San Francisco Pride: Global Awareness. Ugandan Bishop Christopher Senyonjo will be speaking during the event on the issues that face GLBT people in Uganda and throughout Africa.

But Pride is foremost a celebration of diversity, taking place June 25-26 in San Francisco’s Civic Center. Thousands of visitors will travel to the city in order to participate. A parade, held Sunday June 26th starting in the morning will feature a promenade of Pride supporters along Market Street from Beale Street to 8th Street. The weekend includes over 200 groups entered for the parade, over 300 exhibitors selling wares and 20 stages for music and entertainment. The Main Stage features both world-famous singers and up-and-coming performers. The 2016 line-up includes Peaches, Psychic TV, Hector Fonseca, BETTY, BeBe Sweetbriar, Duserock and Friends, CHEER San Francisco, Bluebird, BAAITS, Carnie Asada, Z LaLa, Mix’d Ingrdnts, Breathless, HipHop4Change, San Francisco Dykes on Bikes, Clair Farley, Bishop Yvette Flunder and our own KCBS Foodie Chap, Liam Mayclem!

Get involved in what’s important to this city and attend the weekend’s activities!

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This article was written, in-part by freelance writer, editor & historian Laura Tarwater-Scharp via for CBS Local Media


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