SF Gay Pride Parade & Celebration: Discover Key Details About the 2023 Festival

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: March 2, 2023

The SF Gay Pride Parade and Celebration is June 24 and 25, 2023. This weekend-long festival includes music, gourmet food, and more than 300 exhibitors.

Pride in SF is one of the largest LGBT gatherings in the world. This year's theme is "Looking Back and Moving Forward."

The popular and colorful Pride Parade is on Sunday, June 25. It starts at 10:30 am at Market Street and Beale. It lasts for about two hours.

SF Gay Pride Parade

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Pink Triangle on Twin Peaks

Before the festivities begin, community volunteers will once again install the huge Pink Triangle on Twin Peaks. It's an annual commemoration of the gay victims persecuted and killed in concentration camps in Nazi Germany starting in 1933.

Today, this important symbol for the LGBT community also shows how far we have come in the fight against homophobia and inhumanity throughout the world.

Pink Triangle SF Pride

The Pink Triangle is usually set up early so you can view it for most of the month.

Celebration Details

This year's celebration in the Civic Center starts at noon on Saturday and the festivities continue until 6 pm that day. On Sunday, the festival starts at 11 am and lasts until 6 pm.

Pride Festival

In addition to the more than 200 parade contingents and 300 exhibitors, you will find over 20 community-run stages and venues set up throughout the streets with local musicians, dancers, and other entertainers.

The heart of the event is set up around the Main Stage at the bottom of the City Hall steps on Polk Street.

>> Click here for a schedule of this year's performers

Parade Details & Route Map

The 2023 SF Gay Pride Parade is Sunday, June 25. This year, they are again expecting close to 200 parade entrants.

The parade starts at the corner of Market and Beale Streets at 10:30 am. The route runs along Market Street and ends at 8th and Market in downtown San Francisco.

The parade is free and open to the public. Here is the parade route map.

A map showing the Gay Pride Parade Route

If you want to get a good spot to view the parade, I recommend heading to the parade route as early as you can. By the time the parade starts, the crowd is usually about 10 people deep and it can be hard to see anything.

Facebook Pride Float

There are also a limited number of grandstand seats. This allows you to pay money upfront to guarantee that you have a seat for the parade. You will find these seats at the end of the parade route on Market between 7th and 8th Streets. Click here to visit their website for more details.

Best Places to Stay Nearby

Your two best options for lodging are in the Castro and in Union Square.

The Castro is a great place to find small, locally owned hotels and B&Bs. Click here for some of my top recommendations.

You can also stay in Union Square. This district has more than a 100 hotel options that range from small inns to large five-star hotels. Click here for my recommendations in Union Square.

Tips to Get to the Celebration

From Union Square

  • Light Rail Trains: The best way to get from Union Square to Civic Center is by using one of the light rail trains. You can pick them up at the underground station at Powell and Market Streets. From here, take any of the outbound trains to the Civic Center station, which is one stop from the Powell Station.

From Fisherman's Wharf

  • 49 Caltrain Bus: The easiest way to get to the Civic Center Plaza from Fisherman's Wharf is by taking the 49 Caltrain Bus. Pick up the bus on North Point Street, it stops every two blocks. Take it all the way to Van Ness and McAllister, which is across the street from City Hall. From here, you can enter the festival from one of the western entrances.

From The Castro

  • Light Rail Trains: From the Castro, I recommend taking one of the light rail trains from either the Castro or Church Street Stations. Take any 'inbound' train to the Van Ness or Civic Center stop. Head north one block and you will find the entrance to this year's festival.
City Hall in Colors for Pride SF

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