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The Best Things to Do at This Year's Pride
Carly Salzberg | Photo: Courtesy SFPride | June 26, 2014
Celebrate the Divine Feminine! Dance at a laser show! There's even a march, too.
The official theme for the 2014 San Francisco Pride festivities is "Color Our World with Pride." It's a celebration of the rainbow flag, which dates back to 1978 when Gilbert Baker, a Kansas kid who came to San Francisco, stitched the icon together. And—much like the flag—there's a little bit for everyone at this year's Pride celebration. Here are some of our favorites:
NightLife at the Academy of Sciences
Kick off the party at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, where the attractions include an outer space drag show featuring drag queen Heklina and lectures on sex and culture. Don't forget the happy hour cocktails. You can let your freak flag fly with Scrap SF as you create “leather and lace” handcuffs and wristbands.
Trans March in Dolores Park
Since 2004, the annual Trans March has become the largest transgender event at Pride. Like always, it takes place the Friday of Pride weekend. The safe and sober event begins at Dolores Park with a brunch at noon followed by stage shows and a resource fair at three. The march to City Hall begins at six.
Pride on the Pier at Hornblower's Landing
If you want to supplement your marching with a little cruising, then take your pride celebrations on the water. Hornblower Cruises departs for a bay cruise at six. For $34 bucks a pop you can enjoy special performances by San Francisco’s own Beach Blanket Babylon and Colette Carr. Trying to keep it lowkey with the kids? No problem, this event is open to all ages. It’ll be the perfect spot to enjoy a sunset as night falls over the city skyline.
Party Centerstage at the Civic Center
Saturday's main events at Civic Center are going to be crowded—so get there early. The main stage starts up at noon at the Civic Center Plaza. SF Pride will be sponsoring the free 18 and up event with a line-up of local music talent. If you want grand stand seating, it will run you $35 a ticket. Otherwise free.
Get Enlightened with Cosmic Mass
If you can still stand up after dancing all day, head to Glide at 6pm and for Cosmic Mass. Theologian Matthew Fox will be on hand to "celebrate the return of the Divine Feminine" as she appears in different faiths, works of art, and rituals. $20 donation suggested, but no one turned away for lack of funds.
Find Good Vibrations at the Pleasure Party
For another way to draw from the well of spirituality, head to the Good Vibrations' pleasure party, held off Valencia Street at 6:30 pm. It's free! To find it, just look for the helpful staff holding signs like, ”Sex Toys Here!” Plus, dancers from Red Hots Burlesque shimmying to the tunes of DJs Olga T & Becky Knox!
Grab Seating with an Aerial View
If you're like us, you might be a little tired by now. So why not splurge for the Grand Stand seating to watch the parade from the comfort of a reserved seat? Gates open at 9:30. The stands are located toward the end of the Parade route at UN Plaza, which is on the north side of Market Street between 7th and 8th Streets. There's not much shade—so pack sunscreen along with those mimosas.
Join the Dance Party Laser Show
There is no better way to cap off Pride Week than one more sweaty dance party. From six to midnight you can expect a energetic beats by local djs—complete with a laser show. A laser show! General admission tickets are $35 and benefit the Grassroots Gay Rights Foundation. Get your tickets here.