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Happy Pride Weekend!

United by Pride, Bound for Equality

Despite all the smoke in the air from the fires in northern California, we have a lot of guests in the City this weekend who want to have the San Francisco experience of feeling welcome and feeling truly free to be who they are. An article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle notes that the number of out of state same-sex couples getting married in San Francisco is expected to spike today.

Please come on out to celebrate with your neighbors … on Saturday and Sunday, the Civic Center area will be filled with the sounds of music and many smiles from Noon until 6 p.m. (7 p.m. on Sunday). You can hear artists such as Meshell Ndegeocello on Saturday on the Main Stage at 3:40 p.m. and parade Grand Marshal Cyndi Lauper (girls just want to have fun!) on Sunday on the Main Stage at 1:30 p.m. You can get a full rundown on the happenings at the www.SFPride.org web site.

There are several other events on Saturday (Pink Saturday) in the Castro and other parts of the City. In the Rincon Hill neighborhood, Temple is hosting the Energy 92.7 FM dance party called Queen on Saturday from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m.

Isn’t there a parade or something? Oh yeah … the parade down Market Street starts at Beale Street and ends around 8th Street beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. It can seem endless after a couple of hours and does have small pockets of nudists here and there if I remember correctly, but it is a pretty joyous event that will put a smile on your face and maybe draw some tears from your eyes – a reminder that we’re all human regardless of our other differences. The PFLAG group is the one that usually gets me balling. KRON 4 is covering the parade from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. with a replay later in the evening (7ish?).

If you enjoy Country-Western music and dancing, Sundance Saloon welcomes LGBT folks and our friends every Sunday for a good ‘ole time. This Sunday night, June 29, from 6:00 – 11:00pm, the dancing happens downtown as opposed to its usual location down the road a bit. The Sundance Saloon After-Pride Dance will be held at the Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market St. @ 8th, San Francisco. Beginning lessons 6:00 – 7:30pm; open dancing 7:30 – 11:00. Admission $5. www.sundancesaloon.org

Want to avoid Pride activities? Good luck! You can find a performance in Yerba Buena Gardens on Saturday afternoon. The movie All About Eve will be shown in Union Square on Saturday evening at 8 p.m.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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