This weekend marks San Diego Pride, one of the largest and most enthusiastic Pride celebrations in the country. The annual 3-day celebration of LGBT pride attracts an estimated 200,000 visitors to the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego, which has long been considered the center of the LGBT community in San Diego.
The first official San Diego Pride parade was held in 1975, with just 400 marchers. Today, the parade includes over 200 sections and thousands of participants. This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, July 14, at 11:00am. In 2011, San Diego was the first Pride event in the U.S. to host openly LGBT service-members in the annual parade; since 2012, service-members have been permitted to march in the parade in military uniform.
San Diego Pride has been a leader in the campaign to make LGBT Pride events non-political. San Diego politicians from both major political parties regularly march in the parade. San Diego Pride is about community and making sure that San Diegans of all backgrounds and orientations have a place to celebrate their proud civic culture.