- When is Pride 2017?
The San Francisco Pride two-day Celebration and Parade historically takes place the last full weekend in June of each year. SF Pride 2017 will take place June 24 and 25.
- How did San Francisco Pride begin?
The annual Pride Celebration commemorates the rebellion of LGBT patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village in response to a routine police raid on June 27, 1969. The following year, a “Gay-In” that took place on June 27, 1970 that was the early progenitor of the current Pride Celebration. Since 1972, the event has been held every year, though under various names: “Christopher Street West” in 1972, “Gay Freedom Day” from 1973 to 1980, then “International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade” from 1981 to 1994, and finally, its present appellation, San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration.
Since its modest beginnings, San Francisco Pride has grown to be one the largest and most well-known Pride events in the world. Pride has come to symbolize several things: the long history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer dignity, the freedom of all people to meaningfully and proudly express their sexual and gender identities, and the commitment of LGBT people to combating oppression. From this history of rebellion grew the mission of San Francisco LGBT Pride: to educate the World, celebrate our culture, commemorate our heritage, and liberate our people.
- Do I need a ticket to get into Pride?
There is no fee to attend the Celebration or watch the Parade (except in the case of Grandstand Seating along the Parade route). We do request a voluntary donation at the entry gates to the Celebration area. This donation helps to cover the cost to produce the event and we share the proceeds with our Community Partners (community non-profits). Because of attendee donations and beverage purchases, Pride has been able to award back over $2.5 million to community non-profit organizations since 1997.
However, there are currently some Official SF Pride events and activities that require tickets:
- Parade viewing from the Grandstands at U.N. Plaza
- The Official SF Pride VIP Party in the City Hall Rotunda
- Grandstand Seating for the Parade at U.N. Plaza is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For those with specific accessibility needs including wheelchair access and American Sign Language interpretation, we also have available Accessibility Tickets for spaces and seating on the Grand Stand, which can be purchased on a sliding scale.
- Is there an age limit for entry into SF Pride?
The Pride Celebration and Parade are open to people of all ages. On Sunday, there is a Family Garden area which is focused on providing a safe and less-crowded area for children/youth and their parents or guardians.
- Is the event accessible?
For full details about accessibility, check out our accessibility page. We have a range of services for people with accessibility concerns including a dedicated viewing area for the Parade at our Grandstands.
For Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing attendees, we provide sign language interpretation at the Pride Main Stage in Civic Center all day Saturday and all day Sunday. ASL interpreters are also available to interpret at our community-run stages and venues by request. Please visit the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Tent near the Main Stage at Civic Center to request an interpreter.
Arrangements can also be made for touch interpreters for our Deaf-blind attendees prior to the event — please contact us by email prior to June 1.
- Are pets allowed at your event?
Yes, pets are allowed at the event, including, of course, service animals assisting people with accessibility needs. We do, however, strongly recommend leaving pets at home since both the Parade and Celebration are noisy, crowded, and hot. We have found that pets can sometimes be very startled by the crowds and sounds of Pride. In busy areas, it may be difficult to navigate with pets who will be walking on the ground given the high number of stomping feet moving through the crowd.
- Do you recycle and compost at your event?
San Francisco Pride provides marked disposal cans for recycling (marked blue), composting (marked green), and trash (marked black). Marked signs will also be posted.
To help us keep an event this size as green as possible, your support in using the compost, recycling, and trash bins is crucial. Our goal is to reduce Pride’s ecological footprint as we continue to pioneer green event practices. Large recycling and composting bins are made available throughout the Celebration area at Civic Center. Please read the signage and place your trash in the appropriate containers.
- Where can I get a copy of the San Francisco Pride Guide InsidePride® or Pocket Pride®?
Pride’s print publications are available at a number of locations around the Bay Area during the month of June. If you would like a copy of previous editions of the San Francisco Pride Magazine InsidePride® sent to you, you must submit a check or money order in the amount of $10.00 along with your return address to:SF Pride
ATTN: Pride Publication
1841 Market St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103-1112
Pocket Pride is a highly portable pocket-sized mini guide to the SF Pride Celebration & Parade®. Pocket Pride® is available on the day of the event at any one of our on-site Information Booths in Civic Center Plaza.
- How can my group/organization march in the Parade?
In order to participate in the Parade, you need to register your organization as a contingent. Click here to register.
- Who are the Grand Marshals for this year?
Grand Marshals are individuals or organizations within the LGBTQ community who have strived to create change and usually are local heroes who have fought for LGBTQ rights over the years. To view the most up-to-date information on Grand Marshals click here.
- What are Parade Grandstand Seats and where can I buy them?
Grandstand seats are bleacher style seating set up specifically for viewing of the Parade. Click here for more information on Grandstand Seating and how to purchase tickets.
Performers & Talent Submissions
- Who will be performing at Pride?
Each year we have a headlining performer on the Main Stage and some of our past performers have included Peaches, Big Freedia, Steve Grand, Shiny Toy Guns, Karmin, Jessica Sutta, Kimberly Caldwell, Lady Gaga, The Backstreet Boys, BoA, Solange Knowles, Kat DeLuna, Meshell Ndegeocello, En Vogue, Chaka Khan, the Pointer Sisters, and Joan Baez as well as celebrity guest hosts and appearances by Alice Walker, Alec Mapa, Margaret Cho, Alan Cumming, and Graham Norton.
Please check our Main Stage Page to find out the most up-to-date information on performers.
- How can I be considered to perform on the Main Stage at Pride?
Please use our Main Stage Submission Form to be considered for 2017.
Deadline to submit: March 3rd at 10:00 AM.
Hotel & Travel
- Where can I stay near the event?
Hundreds of thousands of people from outside the Bay Area visit San Francisco Pride each year. Please visit the Hotel and Travel Partner section of our website for more information.
- Where can I find parking?
Getting Involved / Community
- How do I volunteer for SF Pride?
Visit our Volunteer Page for more info.
- In what ways can nonprofits participate in the Pride Celebration?
We have a multitude of ways for local non-profits to participate with Pride. First and foremost, we have a grant-giving program called Community Partners where eligible nonprofits can receive a grant from Pride in exchange for the number of volunteer hours that the organization provides in designated areas of the Celebration and Parade. More Info
Getting Involved / Businesses
- How can I get an exhibitor space at the Celebration?
- How can my business become a sponsor of SF Pride?
We welcome organizations who are interested in sponsoring our event and have a variety of custom sponsorship packages to fit your business’s goals. Visit our Sponsor Opportunities Page for more info.
- I have an event happening in June that I would like to promote through Pride. How can I do this?
Visit our Community Calendar Page for more info.
- How can I advertise with SF Pride?
Visit our Print Advertising Page for more info.
- I’m from out of town. What is there to do in SF at night?
Visit our Community Calendar Page for information on everything from art exhibits, to white water rafting outings, to parties and club events.
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- When/Where is the Trans March?