SD Pride 2011: Around the World We Go

Active military and more celebrated during the parade and festival at San Diego's “Pride Around the World" weekend.

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Walter Schuppen (C) an active duty sailor in the Navy, prepares to march during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system
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Joseph Martinez (C) an active duty sailor in the Navy, prepares to march during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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Military personnel mingle before the start of the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system
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SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 16: Navy personnel pose for a picture with drag queen Bianca Sullivan before marching in the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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Gay military personnel prepare to line-up before marching during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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Sean Sala (R) speaks to military personnel before marching during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system
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Military personnel march down University Avenue during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system
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Navy personnel pose for a picture with drag queen Bianca Sullivan before marching in the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system
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Military personnel mingle before the start of the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system
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Marine Jaime Rincon (C) marches down University Avenue, with other military personel, during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system
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Hunter Rogers (C) marches with other Military personel along University Avenue during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system
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Marine Jaime Rincon marches down University Avenue during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system
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Kalei Ferrin,3, holds a sign up in support of gay rights during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system
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Volunteers affix a banner to a vehicle before the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system
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Joseph Martinez, an active duty sailor in the Navy, prepares to march during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system
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Military personel prepare to march during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system
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Military personel march down University Avenue during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system
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Military personel march down University Avenue during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system
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Military personnel march down University Avenue during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system
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Marine Jaime Rincon, middle, marches down University Avenue, with other military personnel, during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system.
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Thousands from all over the United States, Mexico and Canada are expected to celebrate this year’s annual San Diego Pride celebration from July 15 through July 17.
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For the first time in San Diego Pride history, active-duty service members and veterans marched in the parade.
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Pride weekend will include the famous cultural festival starts on Saturday July 16 from noon to 10 pm and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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The parade began at University Avenue ending at Balboa Drive which lasted 2 hours and for 1.5 miles.
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Pride participants and marchers include non-profit organizations, individual or social organizations, local business, government/political groups and national corporations and franchises.
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