San Diego LGBT Pride - July 20-22, 2012
With so many fun Pride celebrations clustered at the end of June, it's great that San Diego LGBT Pride - one of the nation's most vibrant, colorful, and friendliest such events - is scheduled for mid-July. It's also a great place to beat the heat! While most of the country is steaming in summer's intolerable temperature and humidity, San Diego is relatively cool, especially in the evening, much to the surprise of many visitors.
This year's theme for the 38th annual celebration is "America’s Pride" and also honors the 40th anniversary of Stonewall with the Spirit of Stonewall Rally to be held on Friday, July 20. Check below for main highlights of the 2012 San Diego LGBT Pride event.
FESTIVAL – SATURDAY & SUNDAY
San Diego LGBT Pride Festival
6th Ave and Laurel St
San Diego, CA 92103
Saturday, Noon - 10 PM
Sunday, 11 AM - 8 PM
One day ticket $20
Two day ticket $30
Buy tickets online here.
Parking lots in Balboa Park are free, but fill up fast during Pride weekend. A free shuttle is offered to the parade and festival when parking at the Old Naval Hospital parking lot. Pickup/drop off at 6th Ave. and Juniper St.
San Diego LGBT Pride sure knows how to throw a party! Once again there will be three entertainment stages packed with amazing talent. Gay favorite and iconic comedian Sandra Bernhard headlines Saturday, and UK pop diva Natasha Bedingfield on Sunday. Other notable performers are Erika Jayne, Frankie Negron, Wynter Gordon and Chris Cox. Festival amenities this year include a Farmers Market, hiNrg dance floor, Beer Gardens, Wine Grotto, Cool Zone for those 55+, Leather Realm, Interfaith Pavilion, Art of Pride (LGBT local artists), Youth Zone, Children's Garden, and over 300 vendors. Click here or click the banner below for the entire weekend line-up.
PARADE – SATURDAY
2012 San Diego LGBT Pride Parade
Starts @ 11:00 am
Parade Awards Ceremony @ 3:00 PM
The 38th annual Pride Parade is the 4th largest in the US, attracting over 197,000 cheering spectators.
Parade route begins at University Ave. and Normal Street, proceeds west on University Avenue to 6th Avenue, turns south on 6th Avenue, ending at Balboa Drive and Upas Street.
It's worth noting that San Diego LGBT Pride made history last year with the first active duty military contingent in a Pride Parade in the US. Now that DADT is over, all openly gay servicemembers and veterans will once again march in solidarity.