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San Diego Pride 2017 is one for the history books

Scores of people took to the streets making San Diego Pride 2017 one of the biggest celebrations in the event's history.
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San Diego Pride

Another successful San Diego Pride celebration has come and gone. It was a peaceful event despite some initial concerns of extreme protests or arrests.

In fact, this year’s parade which took place on Saturday saw an increase of about 30,000 attendees over last year and contingents participating in the event rose 50-percent.

San Diego Pride released a statement saying a record 230,000 people watched 253 entrants into the procession make their way through Hillcrest and into Balboa Park.

The organization says Black Panther Party, Interfaith and The San Diego Convention Center were only a few of the new groups joining in the parade.

Further, the first night of the Music Festival welcomed 30,000 people into attendance. That’s as many as the total amount of people who attended last year's event.

Many of the ticket options had sold out including VIP packages.

Organizers say that this year’s theme, “Allied in Action: United for Justice,” may have contributed to its success.

Chloe Janda, Public Relations Manager for San Diego Pride, said on Sunday, “This weekend has already seen over 200,000 people descend on Hillcrest to send a message of unity.”

R&B legends En Vogue, recent dance chart topper Tinashe and Grammy-award winner Estelle headlined the weekend at the music festival to an enthusiastic crowd.

The masses also enjoyed over 100 other artists over four stages.

In Hillcrest, the night life was alive and energized into the early hours of Sunday morning. A line formed around the block and into an alley for its "Pride Massive" musical event.

The celebration had no notable incidents. An officer was injured in an unrelated event on Sunday at Studio 819 Residential Hotel in Hillcrest.

Sidebar photos courtesy Vanessa Dubois, SDPIX