San Francisco’s Gay Pride 2013 Takes Over SF Streets This Weekend

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2013 marks the 42nd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The theme is “Embrace, Encourage, Empower” and the event will be held this weekend: June 29 and 30, 2013. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation.

The two-day celebration takes place in Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Francisco the last full weekend of June each year. The Parade, which takes place the Sunday morning of the event, kicks off from Beale Street along Market and ends at Market and 8th Street in the heart of downtown San Francisco. The Main Stage is the largest stage at the SF Pride Celebration and is located in Civic Center Plaza next to City Hall. SF Pride Main Stage has been host to Karmin, Sandra Bernhard, Kerli, The Backstreet Boys, Lady Gaga, BoA, Fey, The Cliks, Kat Deluna, Inaya Day, Crystal Waters, Me’shell Ndegeocello, leaders from the frontlines of the same-sex marriage fight, and many others.

This year’s line up includes Shann Carr, Jason Brock, Roger Ross Williams, Marriage Chorus, Peaches & Herb, Kate Kendell, Kimberly Caldwell, BAAITS, Cheer SF, Liam Mayclem, Lovesick Radio, Raquel Rodriquez and others.

Photo credit: blogs.mercurynews.com (from last year’s event).

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