Pride Guide

San Francisco Gay Pride – June 23-24, 2012

By: Jase Peeples

The city by the bay celebrates Gay Pride on a scale like no other. With more than 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 20 stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the annual event and the 2012 theme is Global Equality. The San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade will be held over the weekend of June 23 and 24, in downtown San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza.

We’ve got all the information you’ll need to see and be seen and all the hottest events the weekend has to offer.

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FRIDAY - Trans March & Underworld

Trans March
Celebrate the Trans community at the 9th annual Trans March — San Francisco’s largest Trans Pride event. This year’s theme is “Trans Generations: Define Your Moment.” The Trans March is an all-ages event which begins at Dolores Park, travels down Market Street, and ends at the UN Plaza. Find out how you can help make 9th annual Trans March a big success by visiting

Friday, June 22
3:00 PM start time

Dolores Park
566 Dolores Street, San Francisco 94110

1,500 boys in briefs! The world's largest underwear party, Underworld, returns for one night only, so don't miss your chance to kick off Pride Weekend in your skivvies. Hunky DJs Pornstar and Grind will be bringing the beats and keep you moving 'til the sun comes up. Grab some new undies and get ready to drop your pants and dance! 

Admission is $20 advance/$30 door and clothes check-in is fast and free.

Friday, June 22
Doors open at 10pm

Location is TBD at this time, but check for updates and more info.

SATURDAY - Dyke March & Pink Party

Celebrating the diversity of dyke culture, the Dyke March begins with a rally at Dolores Park and then steps off with a march to Castro Street. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the San Francisco Dyke March – the largest in the world. All dykes and forms of queerness are celebrated at this event including those who are questioning and challenging gender constructs and social definitions of women such as: trasdyke, MTF, transfeminine, transmasculine, genderqueer, and gender fluid dykes.

Saturday, June 23
3:00 PM Rally
6:00 PM March to Castro

Dolores Park
566 Dolores Street, San Francisco 94110

The end of the Dyke March lands at the feet of Pink Saturday in the Castro—the annual underground street party in the Castro district attracting more than half a million people! The party will feature food vendors, four stages and three DJ dance areas with a main stage at 16th and Market Street. The historic Castro district also has several spaces for you to celebrate Pride to the fullest. Breathe in the awesome atmosphere of Toad Hall (4146 18th Street) or take in the view at the Lookout (3600 16th @ Market). If you’re in the mood for cozy quarters and savvy sounds spend some time at Q Bar (456 Castro St.) or if you want to hit the dance floor you can move your body at the Castro’s most popular location, SF Badlands (4121 18th street).


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More than 1 million participants, spectators, and marchers attend this world-renowned LGBT extravaganza. This year, the Celebrity Grand Marshal is Sara Silverman who will join several Community Grand Marshals including Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr., Edaj, and San Francisco gay icon Sister Roma.

Learn about all the Community Grand Marshals here.

The Sunday Pride Celebration takes place in Civic Center Plaza at the foot of San Francisco's historic City Hall— the same place where Harvey Milk once stood and addressed Pride-goers more than thirty years ago. The surrounding streets are transformed into connecting block parties featuring numerous vendors as well as 20 separate stages and venues. A mix of local and celebrity performers are sprinkled throughout the area. The Main stage is located at the center of the Civic Center and been host to incredible acts like Lady Gaga, the Backstreet Boys, Crystal Waters, and Kerli, among others.


Bay Area Rapid Trasit (BART)
Take BART to the Pride Celebration. Disembark at Civic Center for the Celebration site and use the Civic Center, Powell or Montgomery Street stations to access the Parade route. Contact BART at 510-465-2278 or for the latest information and schedules.


If you live or are staying in San Francisco we recommend using the San Francisco MUNI Metro subway. All trains stop at the Civic Center for the Celebration site and at Civic Center, Powell and Montgomery Streets for the Parade route. Extra buses will be operating from the Castro District as well as the Sunset and Richmond Districts. After the Parade, extra buses will be available at Market and 10th street for the return home.

Visit the SFMTA website for information and schedules.

Can't make it to San Francisco Pride? Watch a LIVE Broadcast Sunday, June 26 on Comcast Hometown Network Channel 104 starting at 10am or catch it live and uncensored at

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