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Pride Car Parade to be held in Chula Vista on Saturday

Pride Car Parade to be held in Chula Vista on Saturday

Chula Vista resident Madison Beck is organizing a car Pride parade in her city this Saturday, July 18, the date that the annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade would have been held in Hillcrest if it wasn't called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chula Vista Pride Car Parade will begin at 2 pm, and everyone is welcome to participate. Those who join in the parade, which will operate as a caravan of vehicles, are asked to decorate their cars with pride decor prior to arrival at the staging area in Southwestern College's Lot J at 1:45 pm. Participants are asked to not exit their vehicles at anytime.

The parade will follow a pre-determined route from the college to Chula Vista City Hall on 4th Avenue. Visit the Facebook event page for more information about the parade route.

The City of Chula Vista will host a display of Pride signs created for the parade at City Hall, and parade participants are encouraged to donate their signs at the end of the parade.

"Our city is a place of love and acceptance for people of all sexualities and gender identities," said event organizer Beck. "Join us Saturday for a car parade displaying that intolerance is not welcome here!"

Chula Vista, located in San Diego's South Bay area, is the second largest city in San Diego County. The city has showed its support for the LGBTQ community over the last several years, including hosting a pride flag raising at City Hall and issuing proclamations in support of Pride celebrations in the city. The annual South Bay Pride Music & Art Festival is held annually in the city, and the San Diego LGBT Community Center opened their South Bay Youth Center in Chula Vista in February 2019. Longtime Chula Vista City Councilmember Steve Padilla is openly gay.

More information about the Chula Vista Pride Car Parade can be found here.