Scenes from Oakland Pride 2019

Scenes from Oakland Pride 2019
Photos: Beth Thomas/Hoodline
By Beth Thomas - Published on September 10, 2019.

Sunday marked the 10th annual Oakland Pride Parade and Festival. Dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the city's LGBTQ+ community, it's Northern California’s second largest Pride celebration after San Francisco's, which is typically held each June. 

The event kicked off with a parade, followed by a festival in Uptown Oakland, filling over six city blocks with live music, drag queens, art, food, vendors, rainbows, dancing, and amazing costumes. 

Here are our photos from the day's event:

Rainbow gear was sold at the entrance gate. 
Ava Lashay, Oakland Pride's 2019 emcee.
Local drag queens performed at the event.
Onlookers watching music performances on the main stage. 
CJ Flash, DJ of the World Famous Rick and Russ Show, and one of the Bay Area's original hip-hop engineers. 
The Planned Parenthood booth offered games for prizes.
Hip-hop dancers lined the streets.
Free face painting at the Oakland Tourism booth.
Representatives for local Christian organizations supporting LGBTQ+ people.
Elaborate costumes could be seen throughout the festival, including a rainbow-themed Jack Skellington from "The Nightmare Before Christmas."
Many attendees brought their animals to the pet-friendly event.