(Courtesy of the San Francisco Public Library)

Flashback: San Francisco Pride Parades Through the Years


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.

A crowd of people at the reflecting pool at Civic Center during Gay Freedom Day in 1974. After this, both North Baker Beach and Marshall Beach were legally designated as clothing optional.

(Courtesy of SFPL)

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