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