For the grand finale of Pride Weekend today, we'll be posting photos from the parade and happenings around town. Have some good ones for us to include? Email them to editor (at) hoodline (dot) com or tweet at @HoodlineSF.
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-------- Romney, a woman we talked to who lives in the Bay Area but declined to give her last name, told us, "I went to the first parade in 1978. They weren't called parades back then; they were called marches. Times have changed. It's a little less political than it used to be." We asked if that was good, bad or neutral? She answered it was good. "Society's made progress." Fresh! White, one of the community grand marshals, rides along. A couple quietly moseys off to the side. SFPD keeping an eye on things. Parade organizers had requested extra police presence, including security checks, after the Orlando shooting. However, as SF Gate reported, some groups withdrew in protest given recent police brutality controversies. Peter Goshulak is visiting from Toronto, which has a big parade, but he says this is "crazy. It's a lot of fun. It's a positive atmosphere. Everybody's happy, having fun. This is what it should be." Castro Biscuit founder Roy McKenzie keeps it old-school San Francisco in the midst of a bunch of corporate floats.
Kaiser Permanente attracts a chorus of approval as thy walk by wearing "Strength in Diversity" T-shirts. Luminaries are starting to roll through; Kamal Harris just passed by, waving to the cheering crowd. People cheer for Covered California carrying signs saying, "Disarm Hate." Tepid cheers for Hillary. Lots of hoots & hollers for the Leather Contingent. Sean Evans, Kari Field, & Jessica Bartilad of LA with their friend Karen Flores of San Francisco. Field told us: "It is amazing! We're so excited." Bartilad added, "It's so happy. Everyone is loving one another." Evans said, "Tears are flowing." As always, vendors are out in full force selling rainbow regalia. The roar of engines is echoing down Market St as the crowd cheers and waves rainbow flags.