About San Francisco Pride 2019
The LGBTI community is known as being one of the most important and largest in the world with a long history of activism for equal rights for all genders. San Francisco Pride has been operating since 1970 and is one of the longest running in the history of the Pride movement, which fits with the history of the city as a haven for activists from the Gay and Lesbian community. Many of the most important icons of the Gay Pride movement have been created in the Californian city, including the legendary six-stripe rainbow flag used as the official symbol of the LGBTI community.
What would evolve into the Pride Parade was first established in 1970 as a response to the events at New York's Stonewall Inn in 1969 which launched the modern Gay and Lesbian activism movement. The first parade in 1970 was a simple march down the city's Polk Street and a sit-in held in the city's Golden Gate Park, which would become the annual Pride event held in San Francisco to mark the success of the city's multiculturalism.
Among the annual events which can be enjoyed are a series of parades including the annual "Dykes on Bikes" event which welcomes people of all genders into the parade. This multicultural event has become an educational opportunity designed to bring awareness to the rights of the community and has become the largest gathering of the group in the U.S. Among the other annual events offered each year in San Francisco are those including children, politicians, and religious groups in the Gay Pride movement.
The historic Gay pride rainbow flag was created for the 1978 Pride Parade and was designed by Gilbert Baker to celebrate the multicultural nature of the LGBTI community. As an icon of Pride Parades everywhere, the Rainbow Flag has become linked to the city of San Francisco as a whole and flies year-round over the city's Harvey Milk Plaza. The high profile nature of San Francisco Pride was taken to a new level in 1997 when the chief executive of the London event was hired as Chief Executive. Following the arrival of Teddy Witherington led to high profile Gay and Lesbian stars such as Sir Ian McKellen acting as Chief Marshall of the event.
San Francisco Pride is a week-long event taking in a range of activities including the two-day festival including the Leather Alley attraction and the Pride Parade starting at 10.30 am on Sunday morning and finishing around 3 p.m.