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Boas, flags and dykes on bikes: San Francisco Gay Pride

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What happens during San Francisco Gay Pride

San Francisco is one of the most LGBT friendly cities in the world and the whole neighborhood celebrates the annual San Francisco Gay Pride event, from high street shops to the city hall, everybody goes all out with rainbows and colors to mark their support.
Equality flag, San Francisco gay pride, California
From beautifully crafted cakes and confectionary to limited edition sneakers, it seems every corner you turn in San Francisco, you’re bound to see a rainbow.

I don’t think we’ve seen as many Pride flags in one city in our entire lives!
Pride Flag San Francisco, California
Shops help promote San Francisco Gay Pride with carefully planned promotional material, including the fairly new concept of same-sex romance imagery. Back in the day of our youth, this was relatively unknown.
Pride signs, San Francisco Mall, California
Warfield sign, gay pride parade, san francisco
We were in San Francisco the day after the United States make it legal in every state for gay people to marry and as you can imagine the atmosphere was electric!
San Francisco gay marriage win at pride
If you’re wondering what to expect from the week-long celebration that is San Francisco Pride, then look no further as we bring you our summarized itinerary of San Francisco Gay Pride events.



The Pink Triangle at Twin Peaks

A large Pink Triangle is placed on the North hill of Twin Peaks every year at the San Francisco Gay Pride celebration to commemorate the gay victims who were persecuted and killed in concentration camps in Nazi Germany starting in 1933 through the end of WWII.
Pink triangle on Twin Peaks, San Francisco
The Pink Triangle was used on uniforms of those living in the concentration camps who identified as homosexual.
Pink Triangle Twin Peaks, San Francisco Gay Pride
The Pink Triangle symbol is an important reminder for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community of the continuing homophobia and inhumanity against them and other repressed minorities around the world.
The North Hill of Twin Peaks faces the gay-friendly Castro district and downtown San Francisco so it can be seen by the city.
Pride on Twin Peaks, San Francisco, Californi
The Pink triangle is made up of dozens of pieces of pink canvas, you can hike right up there and enjoy the view of the city on the backdrop.
Memorabilia vendor, Twin peaks, san Francisco gay pride, USA
Enjoy the incredible views of the city from one of the top attractions of San Francisco.
San Fancisco Gay Pride, selfie Twin peaks, USA



San Francisco Gay Pride Parade

The biggest tip, get there early! Over 1 million people watch the 6-hour long+ parade every single year.
Lesbians at San Francisco gay pride parade, US
The dykes on bikes traditionally start the parade and we’ve really seen nothing like it! Engines vroom down Market Street and it’s all very overwhelming.
Dykes on bikes, San Francisco gay pride, USA
Tha San Francisco Gay Pride Parade route cuts through the city in a straight line:

San Francisco Gay Pride Parade Route, California

Image Credit: San Fran Pride

It’s such a joy to see newly-weds use the parade as a post wedding party!
Just Married car, san francisco gay pride parade
Enjoy the well-invested floats from the big Silican Valley names such as Facebook….
Facebook at San Francisco Gay pride parade
Apple…
Apple at gay pride parade, San Francisco, California
NASA…
Nasa at san francisco gay pride parade, USA
Air b and b…
Air BNB at San Francisco Gay Pride, California
IT giant’s Salesforce…
Salesforce float, gay pride, san francisco




Enjoy colorful displays of celebration from San Francisco locals…
San Fran float, gay pride parade, san francisco
Including the traditional city trams…
San Francisco tram, Gay pride parade, california
The local Police Department…
Police at San Francisco Gay Pride parade, California
Keep an eye out for the amazing Tom and Jerry’s Christmas House float with their incredible festive contribution to the parade.
Tom and Jerry Christmas house float, San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, USA
San Francisco police tram, gay pride parade, California
Animals were not left our of the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, enjoy the wonderfully bright costumes worn by the fury passersby.
Dogs at San Francisco gay pride parade, usa
Pet adoption float, San Francisco gay pride parade, California
We spotted celebrities at thick and fast at the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, including pop-singer Pitbull on a dance float…
Pitbull at san francisco gay pride, california
The Netflix float with two cast members from Orange is the New Black…
Netflix float, orange is the new black stars, San francisco gay pride parade
Danielle Brooke and Selenis Leyva looked like they were having just as much fun as we were…
San Francisco gay pride parade, California
The participants in the parade had heart warming banners and signs, we were truly overwhelemed by the incredible atmosphere.
Gay pride parade, san francisco, US
Lots of freebies were handed out throughtout the day, the San Francisco Gay Pride parade is family-friendly, there is something for everyone as paraders float on by in their thousands.
Parade, San francisco Gay Pride, USA
The best place to stand for the parade is on Market Street, remember, one million people turn up to watch the 6-7hour long event so get there early if you can.
San Francisco Cable car, gay pride parade, usa
We stood on Market Street in between Union Square and the City Hall, it was hard to see the parade but we got as close as we could after showing up late. People start turning up at 7am with chairs to reserve a spot by the railings and it is absolutely worth it.
Rainbow parrot, San Francisco gay pride parade, California
We couldn’t find a rest room during the parade, we recommend standing by a restaurant/mall if possible to use their facilities, you will more than likely have to buy something to get a key.
Float in the San Francisco gay pride parade
If you wanted an unspoiled iew of the parade, you could always show up in the latter stages, around 3-4pm, but you may have missed the best floats and celebrity attendees.
Trans flag, gay pride parade, san francisco
Without a shadow of a doubt, this was the best gay pride parade we have ever seen in the world. Thwe carnival atmostphereand diverse floats gave us an experience we will never forget for the rest of our lives at a crucial time for the USA. Love won.
Parade at San Francisco gay pride, California




50,000 people took part in the most recent San Francisco Pride Parade making it one of the largest in the world.

Byke pride, San Francisco gay pride parade, usa
Overall, there were 271 contingents in the 2017 parade, you really have to see it to believe it.
San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, USA
Cheerleaders, San Francisco Gay Pride, California, USA
San Francisco Gay pride at the City Hall, California
San Francisco police tram, gay pride parade, California
Gay pride parade, san francisco, usa
Unicorn in San Francisco gay pride parade
San Fran Gay Pride, California
US flag, San Francisco gay pride, California
Balloons at San Francisco Gay Pride, California
Two dads gay pride parade, San Francisco, California
Motor bike three wheeler, San Francisco Gay Pride, California
Straights for gay rights, San Francisco Gay pride, California
Gay Pride Parade, San Francisco, California
For more information on the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade route and events, visit the official website.

After Parade fun at the City Hall

The Main Stage of the San Francisco Gay Pride Celebrations is located at the San Francisco City Hall at the Civic Center Plaza. Two days of exciting events are held here including local, national and international touring acts, community organizations, and engaging thought leaders. Expect thousands of attendees, lots of beer and food tents, dancing, fun, heat and partying.
City hall, san Francisco gay pride, California
All of the celebrations and events at the City Hall are free and donations are welcome that will continue to fund future gay pride events. The Celebration and Rally is a free community event funded by our donors, and we ask for a $1 donation at the gate. The City Hall event ends in the early evening and many people then flock to the Castro district to continue celebrating Pride.
San Francisco Gay pride at the City Hall, California
Of course, after the Pride weekend, the streets of San Francisco are a glittery mess…
Glitter bombs, san Francisco gay pride parade





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