The rainbow flags have been flanking Market Street for weeks, and now it’s time for the big weekend of proud celebrating for the LGBTQ community and pretty much anyone else who celebrates tolerance and enjoys a rainbow headband.
It’s been called the biggest Pride party in the country, and that is the truth. With Civic Center given over to the celebration for two full days, marching that begins Friday with the Trans March, continues with Saturday’s Dyke March, and concludes with the hours-long, corporate contingent-heavy SF Pride Parade on Sunday, not to mention four days of non-stop parties at every queer space in town, San Francisco still takes Pride revelling very seriously while larger cities like LA and New York throw small, jaded affairs by comparison.
A lot of bars and restaurants in the Castro, SoMa, and elsewhere will be throwing special events and offering drink specials and the like. Below, for the legions of tourists and newcomers who’ve come to see how SF does up Pride, we bring you a curated guide to the best spots to eat and drink in the gayest of ways, in and around the Castro, Civic Center, and SoMa.
Head over to Curbed SF for details on the parade route, street closures, and times.