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San Diego Pride Parade and Festival to return IN PERSON in 2022

San Diego Pride Parade and Festival to return IN PERSON in 2022
In a statement today, San Diego Pride announced the return of the annual in-person San Diego Pride week, including the Pride Parade and Festival, in July of 2022. Since the start of the pandemic, San Diego Pride has only been able to host virtual events or smaller in-person gatherings so the popular parade and festival have been on hiatus since they were last held in July 2019.
 
"Pride brings us together in times of protest, mourning, victory, and celebration. Pride helps connect us to community and our found family. Pride gives us access to life-saving direct services and provides grant funding to our local and global LGBTQ community," said Fernando Z. López, San Diego Pride Executive Director. "I’m inspired by the thought of our community coming together again. Together we will continue to pursue justice with joy." 
 
Pride week will begin Saturday, July 9, and runs through  July 17, 2022. The events include:
 
She Fest - July 9, 2022
 
Light Up the Cathedral - July 13, 2022
 
Spirit of Stonewall Rally - July 15, 2022
 
Pride 5K Walk & Run - July 16, 2022
 
San Diego Pride Parade - July 16, 2022
 
San Diego Pride Festival - July 16 - 17, 2022
 
San Diego Pride’s Parade and Festival is the 4th largest Pride in the nation and hosted over 350,000 attendees in 2019. Past festivals have featured headliners like Kesha, TLC, Melissa Etheridge, and En Vogue.
 
In 2020, San Diego Pride held the first-ever Pride Live where over 400,000 folks tuned in to celebrate the LGBTQ community. In 2021, San Diego Pride held over 40 hybrid virtual and in-person events, with over 100,000 attendees throughout Pride week.
 
Since its founding, San Diego Pride has granted over three million dollars back to the local and international LGBTQ+ community from the revenue generated by the annual Pride week events.
 
“LGBTQ diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our efforts to invite people to our vibrant city because when people feel welcome, they want to visit,” said Julie Coker, President and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority. “That is why we are so excited San Diego Pride is scheduled to return in 2022. It will highlight our friendly, inclusive spirit while attracting visitors to our hotels, restaurants, and cultural attractions and boosting our local tourism economy.”
 
“I’m delighted that Pride week is returning in 2022 in its full capacity; its events are true San Diego institutions,” said City of San Diego Council President Jen Campbell. “This return signifies how far we’ve come in our battle against COVID-19 and how close we are to returning to normal. Thank you San Diego Pride for not only the work you do for these events but every day to make us a better city for all.”
 
Additional information for all events can be found here. Early bird tickets for the San Diego Pride Festival are now available and can be purchased here.