by Liz Tarnof
This was my first year attending the San Diego Pride Parade, or any Pride Parade for that matter. I went on behalf of my internship with Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. Participating in the Pride Parade is exactly what we often hear about…super colorful and crazy costumes, smiling happy faces everywhere, upbeat music and lots and lots of people. To this day, I have never been to a happier event in my life. Planned Parenthood had their own pickup truck complete with two female DJ’s; Miss Lisa and Miss Dust. They spun records and produced amazing mashups while Planned Parenthood employees and volunteers danced on the bed of the pickup and all around the truck itself.
I couldn’t even begin to count the number of floats that were participating in the parade. There were organizations such as banks and churches, schools and larger companies like Macy’s. Pride is a day where everyone comes together to celebrate the freedom of sexual preference and equality for all. Clearly this was a day that no one was to be judged, regardless of appearance, sexual orientation, gender or age.
There were thousands and thousands of people that littered the 1 ½ mile parade route on University Ave. in Hillcrest. According to the official San Diego Pride 2014 website, they estimated around 300,000 people would attend. The parade started at 11am and went from University Ave to 6th Avenue and ended at Quince St.
The celebration still continues! Throughout this weekend is the Music Festival located at Marston Pt., Balboa Park (6th Avenue and Laurel Street) A weekend pass is $20, with youth 15 and under being free. The music festival includes various musical artists and DJ’s, comedians and actors, numerous vendors and tons of delicious food! It ends at 8pm tonight, so get down there while you can!
For more information on San Diego Pride 2014, visit their website at sdpride.org.
For information on Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, visit www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-pacific-southwest.
Photo taken by Will Burner/Razor Sharp Fauxtographry.