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VIDEO: San Francisco Pride to celebrate "Global Equality" this weekend

SAN FRANCISCO – Considered by some to be the “mothership” of all LGBT Pride celebrations, San Francisco will host its annual Pride event this weekend.

This year marks the 42nd anniversary of Pride in the city, which held its first parade on June 28, 1970 (with parades happening simultaneously in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles) to commemorate the one year that had passed since the Stonewall riots.

As the largest LGBT gathering in the nation, organizers say that San Francisco Pride is considered by many to be “one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage.”

Hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe – including many from San Diego - will descend upon the city this weekend to celebrate Pride in one of the “gayest” cities in the world.

This year’s San Francisco Pride theme – “Global Equality” - will look at LGBT human rights around the world. The theme was submitted to the San Francisco Pride Celebration’s membership by Bishop Christopher Senyonjo of Uganda and San Diego’s the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, and SDGLN contributor.

The celebration

San Francisco’s two-day LGBT Pride Celebration will be held June 23-24 in downtown San Francisco’s Civic Center area. The festival-type event will span several blocks around the city’s historic City Hall, where Harvey Milk once stood and addressed Pride-revelers more than 30 years ago.

The event will include more than 20 stages and venues, entertainment, food and beverages, and vendor booths.

This year’s main stage headliner will be viral duo sensation Karmin, well known for their hit song “Brokenhearted.” Karmin will perform Sunday at 4 pm.

The full main stage lineup is HERE.

While there is no cost to attend the San Francisco Pride celebration, a minimum $5 donation is suggested at the gates. Those who make a donation upon entrance will receive a sticker that will give them a $1 discount off of beverages all day long.

More information is available HERE.

The parade

San Francisco Pride’s annual parade will step off Sunday, June 24, at 10:30 am along Market Street in downtown.

More than 200 contingents will follow the route from Beale Street to 8th Street, including floats, vehicles, and marchers. All sorts of groups participate in the parade each year, including politicians, students and youth, businesses, community organizations, social groups, entertainers and more.

Those who are unable to attend the parade but wish to watch it can view it live online HERE starting at 10 am Sunday.

The VIP Party

A special party will be hosted by San Francisco Pride in the historic City Hall Rotunda on Sunday starting at 2 pm. The event, which is open to guests 18 and older, will feature an open bar, food, art, and entertainment, including a special performance by Zumanity – The Sensual Side of Cirque de Soleil.

Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

For more information, click HERE.

San Francisco Pride’s website is chock full of information about the weekend and additional Pride events. Click HERE to learn more.

Left photos: San Francisco Pride Parade. Courtesy: Bill Weaver and Jane Cleland.