When the pandemic struck with a life-changing blow in March 2020, life as we knew it changed forever. More than anything, the past two years have seemed like a race for some semblance of normality. And SF Pride reached that finish line over the weekend.
Over the weekend, San Francisco’s reputation as the LGBTQ capital of the world was reaffirmed when the city hosted several parades honoring queer solidarity.
On Friday, the first personal Trans March held since 2020, thousands of people gathered in Dolores Park before then taking to the streets and happily merging with a pro-choice rally which had surfaced along Market Street earlier that day following the SCOTUS verdict.
Dyke march on Saturday made its grand return after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic. Motorcycles roared as hundreds of protesters made their way from Dolores and 18th to the Castro, where the rally ended. The mood, while celebratory, took on an unmistakably somber tone after the tipping over Deer vs Wade – which has now opened a crisis-filled gap around physical autonomy and access to reproductive health resources.
The march was also followed by a simultaneous march coming down Castro Street chanting “We’re Here, We’re Queer, Fuck the Supreme Court.”
Also this year saw the Return of the People’s March, which began 2020 as a communal act of minority solidarity, recalling that pride began as an uprising. As with the last two iterations, the parade – still led and organized by SF-based drag queen Juanita MORE! and activist Alex U. Inn, again running the Polk Street trail Original SF Gay Freedom Day from the early 1970’s – for 2022, a tribute to the rebellious spirit of the Stonewall and Compton’s Cafeteria riots of the gay rights movement. Unlike previous years, the event’s speeches and remarks were reserved for the start of the parade and not for the group’s descent in front of City Hall.
San Francisco’s Official Pride Parade saw his first run on Market Street in three years on Sunday morning. And though the city’s biggest annual outdoor event ended on an odd note – there were reports of fighting breaking out; a false report of what sounded like a gun being fired ended the parade earlier than planned; apparently someone sprayed some of the crowd with bear spray (well…maces basically) – there was a certain bombastic quality to this year’s SF Pride parade that made everything seem invitingly familiar.
If you missed some (or all) of this weekend’s queer frivolity and celebrations (or just want to relive them), here are some of our favorite images captured during the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday parades:
SF dike March
SF Pride Parade
Photo above: Courtesy of Getty Images/Arun Nevader
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