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San Francisco Pride, usually commonly known just as SF Pride is a 2 day gay pride event in June which comprises celebrations centred on more than 20 stages and venues located around the city's Civic Center Plaza.
There are many community run stages all offering their
own unique and diverse forms of entertainment, as well as the Main
Stage, next to City Hall, where the most popular performances take
place. Big name performers in the past have included the B52s,
Backstreet Boys, Lady Gaga and Chaka Khan.
The event has been taking place on an ever increasing scale since as far back as 1970, and the highlight of the SF Pride weekend is the incredibly popular San Francisco Pride Parade, which takes place on the Sunday and involves over 200 groups of participants, known as contingents. These include the now famous Dykes on Bikes, one of the highlights of the parade.
The SF pride parade has also warmly embraced online streaming to bring the parade to a wider audience, see further down the page for the link to the webcast coverage for this year.
The parade gets underway at 10.30am from Market and Beale
Streets, just by the Embarcadero Station.
The route is very straightforward, simply following Market Street as far as Hyde Street, where the parade comes to an end close to the public library.
The San Francisco Pride parade organisers have been particularly proactive in making the parade available via local TV networks, radio channels and as a live stream online webcast, so keeping up with the parade remotely has been possible for a few years now.
Latest: After so much live coverage it seems almost unbelievable that 2016 will be the first year the SF Pride parade has no live TV or online coverage! This is thanks to iHeartMedia dropping their sponsorship of the broadcast, we can only hope a replacement is found for next year.
There will be a delayed broadcast of the parade by local cable channel KOFY TV20 Cable 713 at 6pm on Sunday evening.
In the absence of an official webcast our best advice is to take to one of the live streaming mobile platforms that allows people to stream directly from events themselves - our top recommendation is Periscope TV:
San Francisco in June is a great time of year to visit, with the weather warming up nicely but the most intense heat of the summer yet to arrive. Hotels are plentiful and in US city terms quite reasonably priced.
You can check availability and make reservations for local hotels here.
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