(Courtesy of the San Francisco Public Library)

#TBT: San Francisco Pride Parades Through the Years

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On June 5th, 1972, San Francisco first-ever Gay Freedom Day went down at Golden Gate Park, with an estimated 54,000 attendees.

That means this weekend's festivities will mark the 46th annual celebration of what is now known as SF Pride, one of the world's largest and most famous demonstrations of LGBTQ culture.


In those days, the parade marched from the Financial District up Post Street to Polk, then a hub of burgeoning queer culture in the city. And while the name of the event has changed over the years to become more inclusive of the expanding LGBTQ community, the message remains the same: inclusivity, acceptance, and self-love.

Before you don your diva-best for the weekend, take a walk down memory lane to appreciate just how far we've come—and don't miss all of 7x7's coverage of this year's Pride activities (and of Prides past) at 7x7.com/LGBTQ-Pride.

San Francisco General Hospital AIDS Ward staff marching down Market Street for International Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Parade in 1988, right at the hieght of the AIDS crisis.

(Courtesy of SFPL)

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