Reliving San Francisco Pride 2018
In honor of June being Pride Month, I wanted to share my experience at SF Pride Parade last year! It was my first time attending with my friends, and I have to say, you definitely can feel empowerment and strength as everyone marched in the parade.
We got there early enough that we were able to have front views of the parade, which is right in front of the gates and not behind tall people (cause let’s be real here, ya girl is short). San Francisco doesn’t normally get hot (if it does, that means it’s really hot everywhere else in the Bay Area), but it was really sunny- so sunny that all of us experienced a deep tan or sunburn.
Some floats were more creative than others, and some people marched for their beliefs and with their significant others, which is more than enough. We decide to head on over to the celebration part of SF PRIDE, so we left the parade a little early to find parking. Just like any other celebration or festival, there were lots of people who identified with whatever they identify with, and lots of people dressed so fashionably. The makeup was on point, the outfits were poppin,' and people were generally having a good time. The lines for drinks and food were all equally long, so it was just a matter of choosing what to eat and how long you were willing to wait.
My friends and I decided to eat at Himalayan Pizza and Momo to avoid waiting in those long food booth lines. However, everyone ordered pizza except for me, as I ordered the butter chicken, and that took forever. Had I not gone up there, my food would have just sat there. Moral of the Story: just order pizza like everyone else 😂
I will say that the only thing that concerns me is the amount of homeless people (who may or may not be dealing with their mental health issues) at this event. The celebration is so big, and I’m sure that there are many ways to come inside. A lot of them were pervy and wanted to grab the booty (without consent). Like any festival or celebration of some sort, as long as you’re aware of your surroundings and you’re in good company, then it’s gonna be a fun day.
Go with your friends/whomever is good company to you, dress up and dazzle a bit, wear fun and bright colors, and spend a day in the city. There were photo opportunities everywhere since everything about SF PRIDE was colorful. Any street or journalistic photographer would appreciate this event as there moments everywhere. If you recognize any of the individuals (especially the individuals during the parade) in these photos, please let me know (or let them know), so that I can send them their photo!
Happy Pride Month! 🌈
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