Your Guide to Pride: Sunday, June 24
Sunday is the penultimate day of the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. Along with the world famous parade, there is also a multitude of parties and other events scattered throughout the city. Here is our breakdown for you.
Main Stage/Civic Center
The Main Stage is the largest stage at the SF Pride Celebration and is the focal point for the celebrations. It is located in Civic Center Plaza next to City Hall. On Sunday it plays host to the most exciting, up-and-coming cutting-edge talent, as well as world-renowned performers, and the best of local entertainment from the Bay Area. Revelers of all sexual orientations (gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, queers and straights too!) will congregate around the main stage to listen to the many musical acts, cultural performances and speeches from the rainbow community. Headlining Main Stage is the viral duo sensation Karmin. The full list of performers can be located here. Civic Center
The Pièce de résistance of the Pride Festival is definitely the parade. The Parade kicks off at 10:30 am at Market and Beale and ends at Market and 8th Street in downtown San Francisco. Upwards of a million people come and watch the parade go past, so if you wanted to get a prime position, it is wise to get there hours in advance. There also Grandstand seating for those who would rather see the parade in comfort and style, as opposed to roughing it with the rest of the proletariat. The Pride Grandstands are located toward the end of the Parade route at UN Plaza on the north side of Market Street between 7th and 8th Streets. Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased here until sold out. The 2012 San Francisco Pride theme is "Global Equality" and that will be reflected in the parade, with participants costumes and floats designed to match. Market Street @ 8th Street.
Juanita MORE! Pride Party
Celebrated drag performer, fashion muse, and philanthropist Juanita MORE! is throwing a party so big, she's booked two of her favorite venues for the occasion! Featuring world-class DJs and entertainment, guests will be able to travel between venues via a party bus. There will be incredible music, copious amounts of dancing all day and well into the night. All proceeds from the party will go to the SF LGBT Center, as it celebrates its tenth anniversary. Tickets cost $25 presale or $35 at the door. The day kicks off at Chambers at 12pm and continues through until midnight at Jones. Chambers, 601 Eddy Street and Jones, 620 Jones Street.
Reach Pride T-Dance: REACH is San Francisco's uplifting and joyous Pride T-Dance. Sunday night City Nights will come to life with exclusive new mixes and anthems from two incredible UK DJs/Producers: Andy Almighty and Wayne G. $30 tickets at the door: City Nights, 715 Harrison Street.
Armageddon: Armageddon will be busting out the best dancers in SF. There will be plenty of gender illusion entertainment, underwear contests, prizes, and giveaways to boot. Come celebrate with the fiercest and most fabulous Pride after party in SF. $25 at Mist Ultra, 316 11th Street.
Sundance Saloon After-Pride Country-Western Dance: If you didn’t get enough of that boot-scootin’ the night before, or maybe you caught the Country and Western fever. Whatever the case it is back again for a second night, come and dance till you drop on the city's most beautiful hardwood dance floor. Hotel Whitcomb Ballroom, 1231 Market Street.
Hero Tea Dance: SF's hottest new Sunday tea dance extravaganza is here to help you see off pride with a bang. This Pride, Hero welcomes internationally renowned DJ/producers Freemasons and Moto Blanco for the first time together in San Francisco. Tickets cost $35 and have to be purchased beforehand online. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason Street.
Massive Pride: This larger than life event caters specifically for Bears, Chubs, Cubs and their Admirers. It is a celebration of equality for people of all shapes and sizes. Playing the hottest House, Dance, Top-40 and Hip-Hop all night this promises to be the after party to hit! Only $5 all night at The Stud, 399 9th Street.
Club Papi SF Latin Stage After Party: Immediately following SF Gay Pride, make your way over to the Factory Nightclub for this huge Papi Pride Party. Featuring 16 Hot and Horny Go Go Boyz, and a special live performance by Andres Cuervo, it will be a night of the dirtiest dance beats SF has seen in years. There will be two caliente dance floors of music with DJs Mike and Ben from Los Angeles. Enjoy complimentary tacos and appetizers courtesy of Zapata Taqueria. Free before 10pm and $10 after at The Factory Nightclub, 525 Harrison St.
EDEN Afterparty: Did you know that Oakland has the largest per-capita lesbian population in the US? For the last night of Pride Eden are heading east to kick it one last time before they head home. Entry costs $8 at The Den, 1928 Telegraph Street, Oakland.
Where are you partying for Pride?