San Diego’s Pride celebration is gearing up to be one of the biggest events of the year.
Beginning Friday, July 12 thousands of people will come to America’s Finest City for the celebration, which is expected to be even more joyous since same-sex marriage recently returned to California. The theme is appropriately titled “Freedom to Love and Marry.”
The celebrity grand marshal for this year’s parade is La Toya Jackson. She will be joined by actor George Takei, who is scheduled to speak at Friday’s Stonewall Rally.
The events are as followed:
- Friday, July 12: From 6-7 p.m. hundreds will gather for the Spirit of Stonewall Rally and Flag Raising at the intersection of Normal Street and University Avenue. Afterward the Pride of Hillcrest Block Party will light up the streets until 11 p.m.
- Saturday, July 13: One of the most treasured traditions of Pride is the annual parade from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., which will be led by active duty service members as they go down 6th Avenue. Then the festival at Balboa Park begins at noon to 10 p.m.
- Sunday, July 14: The weekend concludes with a fun-filled festival at Marston Point in Balboa park from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dozens of businesses in Hillcrest and surrounding neighborhoods will also be hosting special happy hours and promotions in honor of the celebration.
For more information about San Diego Pride, visit the website.