Massive Pride Parade And Celebration Takes Over Downtown San Francisco

San Francisco’s Pride celebration, more than 100 thousand parade participants and spectators took in the sights and sounds we have live team coverage on pride KPIX fives Betty u is in the Castro but we begin with kpix 5’s kiddo live at Civic Center Plaza KITT yeah we’re here right at the Clayton and pulped entrance fist the festivities officially ended eight o’clock six o’clock today but they’re still letting people inside the door here so this is my very first pride the vibe the energy was just amazing and one thing I quickly learned that wearing a collared dress shirt with pair of jeans I was totally overdressed the Pride celebration you could say is the mother of all after parties tens of thousands of people zero judgment the Pride celebration is roughly 13 city blocks jam-packed with equal parts youth energy and diversity Ryan Murphy devotes his vacation time every year coming all the way from Australia 1 million people are expected to attend some kind of event during Pride Week given our country’s political climate you do you has taken on a renewed urgency cassie Vaden feels proud that her LGBTQ friends are proud to feel comfortable in their skin even for a day is special to me and Brian Sheen has been selling pride merchandise at the same corner for the past 18 years I think he’s just kind of showing the world actually that you know being gay is is normal being gays is good for people and people just enjoy being who they are to be proud of who they are being a gay man to be able to celebrate who you are and check this out this is the traffic leaving pride celebrations right now that’s us at the blue dot and it is just horrible trying to get out of the city at this hour so we’re hearing that the story now is in the gay bars in San Francisco we are going to leave that up to the night crew but for now thanks for coming out this year see you next time we’re live here in San Francisco kiddo KPIX 5 kid thank you and right now the party’s going strong in the Castro Oh KPIX eyes better use in the middle of it all hey Betty hi Brian and Julia you know you really can feel the energy ramped up around here in the Castro as the night wears on people tell me that there is no better place to cap off their day-long pride celebrations that right here in the Castro and they’re doing it in their best costumes and most colorful outfits people in the Castro showed their rainbow pride in all forms flags on wigs and on shirts I’m feeling great honestly this is like my first time at pride ever in my life I’m 22 and I’m like this is like one of the coolest things I’ve ever done I just feel like it’s like super accepting it’s exciting for us were celebrating with our family my cousin and his partner and specifically in the Castro just such a community of people that you’re able to be accepted at whoever you are it’s a come as you are type of place the businesses the restaurants and the bars are ready to embrace a flood of partiers tonight people come from near and far to celebrate in the Castro I was just an uber with a mom and her two kids and they were here to visit the older girl who’s bisexual and they’re from Fresno like we’re here to support those like kids parents straight gave everything the Castro was the epicenter for the gay pride movement in the 60s and 70s I mean we’re from Los Angeles but we come up here for San Francisco pride because of like the deep-rooted history that the gay community has had in San Francisco and I think we’re just all so to be able to celebrate here that and in addition to all of the partiers I have also seen a very strong police presence here tonight SFPD tells me that they have every possible officer working to make sure it is safe night for all and so far there have been thankfully no major incidents to report live in San Francisco Betty you KPIX 5 Betty hang on a second you have would you do you have face painting or something I have a rainbow CBS tattoo oh my face and that’s because I walked in the parade this morning with the rest of the CBS team and it was a great time going down Market Street and representing CBS I like the rainbow CBS eye icon too very nicely done better you but I think it’s about time we leave from that live shot pride has certainly changed throughout the decades not just grown in numbers but evolved in its message kpix 5’s john ramos looks back perhaps it’s fitting that San Francisco’s Pride Parade always begins with a roar this gathering isn’t meant to be quiet but for something that began as an expression of defiance 48 years ago it’s managed to keep its sense of humor I mean it’s just fun you know you’re coming into your and it’s like you know everyone’s getting together and having fun I love it that’s not to say there aren’t strong messages here in years past protestors have focused on gay rights issues but this year immigration took center stage but then politics has always marched alongside pride at this parade everything is political who you who you marry who you love who you sleep with but whatever the issue of the day this parade is important simply because it happens they said a million people could show up and for the first time that included trauma Johnson from Mississippi what were you expecting when you came out here today a lot of naked people well there was some of that but there was also history the San Francisco lesbian gay freedom ban celebrated its 40th anniversary at the parade as an original member Ken Ward remembers it well and the sound of the band and the screaming and the cheering was echoing off all the buildings it put music to the to the struggle yeah it’s the first time that had been ever been a band in the parade 1978 was also the year the so called Briggs initiative banning gay people from working in public schools was defeated at the ballot box and signaled a change of heart by the voters but once people knew that we weren’t scary or threatening then outside but there was also something brand new for the first time KPIX 5 livestream the entire shows start to finish on its online platforms and for all its history and innovation the Pride Parade has become as much of a tourist attraction as the Golden Gate Bridge I think it was a highlight of our trip to come out here and see this why is that just a chance that people can be themselves in San Francisco John Ramos KPIX 5

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