San Francisco City Hall Pride

San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, 2018

Today we went to the San Francisco Gay Pride parade, 2018. We took our place atop a giant street-side planter on Market Street around 9:30am. The parade started at 10:30am. Just as last year, there were billions of people, and everybody who is anybody was in the parade, over 250 groups marched. By 1pm my feet were killing me, and we called it quits, but the parade was still going strong!

Human Interest Stories

The interesting human interest story this year was the two little 7th grade boys standing next to me on the planter. I now wish I had taken the opportunity to talk with them a bit. I’m assuming they are gay. They were cute kids. Were they a dating? Just friends? Did their parents know they were at the gay pride parade? Were they cool with it? Accepting? I don’t know the answers. One had flaming red hair, and we ended up in the hot sun. But they, like everyone else, enjoyed watching the parade.

A straight mixed-race heterosexual couple also stood next to us on the planter and in front of the planter with their 2 children much of the parade. Another fellow was in town for the parade to absorb some positive energy before going off to some god-forsaken midwestern town to sign up voters for the elections. People were all celebrating and had that great positive energy that surrounds this huge event.

Weather

I thought that last year I was in the shade the entire time of the parade. This planter was not, but we both somehow successfully managed to avoid getting burned to a crisp in the sun. Last year: overcast. This year: hot and sunny. Next year: sunscreen!

You’re Kidding Me

As we walked back to the apartment, Spear Street, a staging ground for parade participants, was now almost empty. Only one row of participants remained. But then we realized that last year (and this year) we only saw half of the parade! Main St. is also a staging ground, and a huge number (half of the parade) was still there waiting their turn to march: Netflix, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Walmart to name a few of the big names. The parade officially begins one block south of where we had been standing! Ha! I had no idea!

Yes, the motorcycles started the whole thing with their thunderous roar. Hatred for the Trump and Pence regime and capitalism in general were common themes, along with solidarity for families, after the most recent human rights atrocity (separating children, including infants and terrified toddlers, from their families and deporting the parents. Selling the kids?) of this administration. Yes, such family values. Liars. Filthy, evil shitty liars. And this was all brought to us by God’s faithful. My ass! You have no idea how outraged I am. No idea!

At any rate, we thoroughly enjoyed the parade. Note to self for next time: use the Moment tele lens on the phone, not the wide. Another note to self: stand a block south where the whole parade passes by and wear sunscreen!

City Hall

Oh, the above photo was shot the night before from Davies Symphony Hall, across from City Hall, the subject of this photo. I shot the photo while we waited for our Lyft driver. City Hall lit up for the festivities!

Participants

Here’s a list of all of the parade participants. I call your attention to the school districts that are represented along with individual schools! Oh, and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple was with the enormous group of Apple participants and their families.

7-Eleven
AcroSports
Adachi, Jeff – SF Public Defender
Adobe
AIDS Lifecycle
AIG BayPride
Airbnb, Inc
Alaska Airlines
Amazon
American Legion
Alexander Hamilton
American Red Cross
Aon LGBT Employee Group
Apple
Asexuality SF
Asian and Pacific Islander
Wellness Center
Audentes Therapeutics
Autodesk
Bank of the West
Bare Chest Calendar
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Bay Area American Indian Two- Spirits
Bay Area Bisexual Network
Bay Area Independent Schools
Bay Area Inactivists
Bay Area Models Guild
Bay Area Young Survivors
Berkeley Labs
Lambda Alliance
Blue Shield
Body Freedom Lovers
Breed, London – President, SF Board of Supervisors
British Consulate General, San
Francisco
Buddhist Church of San Francisco
Busta, Brian “Chickpea” – Community Grand Marshal with Verasphere
C5 Children’s School
Calderon, Ali Marrero – Honoree with Boricua Lesbians and Friends
California Bluegrass Association
California Institute of Integral Studies
Canepa, David – SF Board of
Supervisors Casper
CBS TV
CHEER SF
Chipotle
Chiu, David – CA State Assemblymember
Chu, Carmen – SF Assessor-Recorder
Cisco Systems
Cisneros, Jose – Treasurer, City of SF
City College of San Francisco City of Fremont
Cohen, Malia – SF Board of Supervisors
Comcast
NBC Universal
Consulates of Canada and
Mexico
Credit Karma
Cruise Automation
Curtis, Billy – Community Grand Marshal with UC Berkeley Dignity Health
DocuPride (DocuSign)
Dolby Laboratories
Drew School
Eaze
eBay
Electrical Workers Minority
Caucus
Equality California
Equinox Fitness
European Consulates
Everyone Loves a Corgi
Facebook
Fair Education Act Implementation Coalition with Our Family Coalition
Fastly, Inc.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Fenwick & West
Flexport
Ford GLOBE
Galactic Senate,
The Gap Inc.
Gascón, George – SF District Attorney Genentech
Gentle Giant Moving Company
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Glide Pride Team
Golden Gate University
Gomez, Jewelle – Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal Google
GoPro
Grand Rounds
Graton Resort & Casino
Grimm, Gavin – Celebrity Grand Marshal
Harris, Kamala – U.S. Senator
Herrera, Dennis – SF City Attorney
Holy Family Day Home
Holy Innocents Episcopal Church
Howard, Silas – Celebrity Special Guest with Cecilia Chung Huckleberry Youth Programs
Hulu
Human Rights Campaign
IBEW Local 6
iHeart Radio
IKEA
Imperial Council of San Francisco
Institute on Aging
Intel
Intuit
J. P. Morgan Chase
Jen Orthwein, Aria Sa’id – Awardees
Jewish Community Center of SF
JFKU
John Muir Health
Johnson & Johnson
Kaiser Permanente
Kin Folkz- Community Grand Marshal
Lara, Ricardo and Scott Weiner – CA State Senators
Latinos de Ambiente Leanplum
Legacies of the Pacific
LendingHome
Leno, Mark – Former CA State Senator
Levi Strauss & Co
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Disabled
Contingent LinkedIn
Lob
Lowe’s
Lyft
MAC AIDS Fund
Macy’s
Mandelman, Rafael – Former College Board Pres
Marin Theatre Company
Marine Layer
Mayor of SF
McKinsey & Company
Menage a Trois
Mercy For Animals
Microsoft
Mormons for Equality
Mozilla
Museums with Pride
Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
NAGLREP
NASA
National Park Service
Netflix
New Relic
Newark Memorial High School
Newday
Newsom, Gavin – CA Lieutenant Governor
Niantic Inc.
Nordstrom
NVidia
Oakland LGBTQ Community Center
Oath
One Love Foundation
Openhouse
OpenTable
Our Lady J – Celebrity Grand Marshal
OutFit (FitBit)
PagerDuty
PAGES from Palo Alto University
PayPal
Peet’s Coffee
Peniston, Pamela – Honoree – with Queer Cultural Collective
Peskin, Aaron – SF Board of Supervisors
PFLAG SF
PG&E
Pinterest
Plaid
Planned Parenthood Northern
California PlayStation
Postmates Inc.
PRIDE Veterinary Medical
Community
Project Open Hand
Prometheus Real Estate Group
Rainbow Pierogi
Raul M Saddick
Recology
Reconciling Works
Reddit Inc.
REI
Revel Systems
Rhythm & Motion and Dancers’
Group
Righteously Outrageous Twirling
Corps
RoseandThorn Design
Safe & Sound
Safeway
Sage Intacct
Salesforce with Ada Vox San Leandro Unified School District
Scouts for Equality – Golden Gate
Chapter
SEIU-UHW Lavender Caucus
Sephora USA
SF Bay Area Curling Club
SF Bay Area Rapid Transit
SF Bay Times/Betty’s List
SF Bicycle Coalition
SF Board of Directors with the Resistance Contingent
SF Dept of Public Health
SF Ducal Court
SF Dykes on Bikes and honoring Soni Wolf – Community Grand Marshal
SF Fire Department
SF Leather Pride
SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band – Organizational Grand Marshal
SF LGBT Center
SF Model-A Ford Club
SF Opera
SF Police Department
SF Public Library
SF Sheriff’s Department
SF State University
SF Unified School District
SF Zen Center
SFMTA
SFO
Shanti
Shaun Haines, Carolyn Wysinger – Awardees
Sheehy, Jeff – SF Board of Supervisors
Sheppard Mullin
Shippo
Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The
Slack
Smirnoff (Diageo)
Soul of Pride
Speier, Jackie – U.S.
Congresswoman Splunk
Square/Weebly
Starbucks
Stefani, Catherine – SF Board of Supervisors
Stitch Fix
Straights for Gay Rights
Sutter Health
SWANABAQ
Swords to Plowshares
TEKsystems
Tesla Motors
Theatre Rhinoceros
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Ting, Phil – CA State Assemblymember
T-Mobile
Transport Workers Union
Treasure Island Job Corps Center
Trevor Project
Trikone
Twilio
Twitch
Twitter
UA Unified (Under Armour)
Uber
UCSF
UFCW5
Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical
Union for Reform Judaism
United Airlines
United in Spirit
University of San Francisco
UPS
URJ Camp Newman
US Bank
UTOPIA SF
VA Palo Alto
Veritas Technologies
Visa
Wag Hotels
Walmart
Walt Disney Company
We Fought Back – Victory Over Briggs ’78
Wells Fargo
WeWork
Wikimedia Foundation
Williams Sonoma
Wix
Wizeline
Workday
Xero
Xtravaganza, José & Luis –
Celebrity Grand Marshals
Youth Pride Coalition
Zendesk
Zillow Group
Zuora