Our Platt Community Embraces Equality
Every year, vibrant colors take over the streets of the Hillcrest community in San Diego, California for the annual Pride Parade. On Saturday, July 13th at 10 am, spectators will line the 1600 block of University Avenue to celebrate unity, diversity, inclusion, and peace.
The parade will march west on University Ave and end at Laurel Street. The free parade includes live music, spirited floats, and people from all over waving rainbow flags in support of the LGBTQ+ community.
The theme of this year’s San Diego Pride is “Stonewall 50: A Legacy of Liberation” which marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
Date: Saturday, July 13th, 2019
Location: The parade begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Ave. and Normal St., proceeds west on University Ave., turns south on 6th Ave., turns left onto Balboa Dr. and ends at Quince Dr.
Length of Parade Route: 1.5 Miles
Cost: This is a free, community event
A Brief History:
On June 28th, 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located on Christopher Street in New York City. The violent raid sparked riots and patrons of the club protested against the police. This was the beginning of the “Stonewall Riots.”
Days following the raid, activists marched and rallied against injustice and inequality aimed at members of the gay community. The marches established the first significant demonstration promoting equality for homosexuals. The Gay Liberation Front and other LGBTQ civil rights organizations were launched. In June of 1970, one year later after the Stonewall Riots, the nation paid tribute to the event with the parade and rally named “Christopher Street Gay Liberation.”
Today, Pride parades are celebrated globally. In 2009, President Barack Obama declared June to be LGBTQ Pride Month.
For More Information about the San Diego Pride Parade Festival click here SD PRIDE Festival.