San Francisco Journals

San Francisco Gay Pride 2001

A travel journal to San Francisco by dglawless

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Quote: The last weekend in June is the Gay Pride parade and other pride events in San Francisco. I was there from Sat to Monday and it was fabulous.

San Francisco Gay Pride 2001

Overview

Cheerleaders in the parade Photo, San Francisco, California
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This is something that I have always wanted to do. I have a friend that lives in the heart of Castro so we had a place to stay and Delta had a special fare so off we went. The parade was incredible. This is the number one tourist attraction for San Francisco and they do it up right. All the events were well organized and everybody was welcome. I would recommend it to any gay/lesbian person and to anybody else who enjoys a great parade.Quick Tips: Get to the parade early so you can get a good spot. We went about an hour early. Because this has such a huge tourist draw plan your reservations for a place to stay well in advance.Best Way To Get Around: Subways and trains ...Read More

Gay Pride Parade

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Attraction | "The Dyke March"

Gay Pride Parade Photo, San Francisco, California
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We arrived in San Francisco at about 5 p.m. this gave us just enough time to get to the Castro District for the Saturday night Dyke March. The Dyke March on the Saturday night before the Gay Pride Parade has been a long-standing tradition. When we got to the area where the march was to take place, they were already lined up and ready to go. The March is always led by the "Dykes on Bikes" which is a colorful group to say the least. You will see all sorts of folks on all sorts of bikes. There were some pretty impressive Harley Davidsons as well as an occasional scooter. Many of the women had on elaborate costumes. The age range was probably 18 to 80 and everything in between. Foll...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2001

Gay Pride Parade
San Francisco City Centre
San Francisco, California

Pink Party

Attraction | "The Pink Party"

Pink Party Photo, San Francisco, California
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The pink party is a huge block party in the Castro district. Several streets are blocked off and there is a donation of $1 per person to enter the party. All the proceeds go to HIV/AIDS organizations and other gay/lesbian service organizations. There were thousands of people there for a carnival type atmosphere. Lots of the bars were open and selling drinks on the street. There was a large presence of the police there but there was no trouble that I saw. Everybody was there to have a good time and celebrate the Pride weekend. Pride weekend is the largest tourist draw of the year in San Francisco and it was evident by the numbers of people at the Saturday night pink party. Everybody was h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2001

Pink Party
Castro District
San Francisco, California

Gay Pride Parade

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Attraction

Gay Pride Parade Photo, San Francisco, California
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The Parade was on Sunday morning. It started at 10:30 so we headed out for the down town area where the parade would be held. We wanted to get a good seat in the front row. We were able to get a perfect place to watch the parade. We were located near a great coffee shop that even had a bathroom we could use! That coupled with a front row spot for viewing made our efforts even more successful than planned. The Pride Parade was, as always, started out with "Dykes on Bikes" which is followed by "Mikes on Bikes". "Mikes on Bikes" are all men named Mike riding bicycles. There were well over a hundred in each of the first two groups. The parade lasted for about 3 hours with one incredible fl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2001

Gay Pride Parade
San Francisco City Centre
San Francisco, California

Cartoon Art Museum

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Attraction | "The Civic Center Festival"

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After the Parade we went to the Civic Center. This is downtown and is an outdoor area around the municipal buildings. This is where the parade ends and there are booths with lots to see and buy. Some of the booths were advertising their products, giving samples, having drawings, and some were giving out information on community organizations and health information. There were balloons and clowns and there were many families there enjoying the music and the carnival type atmosphere. There were lots of booths selling food and drink and I was impressed with how well organized it all was. Admission was free but for a $3 donation, which went to a variety of local community groups you re...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2001

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 227-8666

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I have always wanted to go to the Pride Parade in San Francisco. While I have been to many gay pride events across the country and even in other countries, I had never made it to the San Francisco Pride events.

I have a friend who lives right in the center of the Castro District and made the decision to go on the Wednesday before. There was a cheap fare out of Cincinnati so it all just fell into place and I was so glad to have a chance to go. I am already planning my trip for next year.