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San Francisco Pride ’15 ~ Equality Without Exception

San Francisco Pride Parade 2015I loved San Francisco as soon as I first laid my eyes on it. It’s a city with not only a heart but also a soul. And what made the city even better for me was AB’s enthusiasm to show me around the place, it’s events and the other interesting factors that make SF so unique. And in sync with that, here’s my pictorial post on San Francisco Pride 2015, our second visit to Pride Parade and the fiesta that follows.

As I had done with my post on Carnaval San Francisco, here’s a little bit on San Francisco Pride. Pride was first held on June 28, 1970 in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles to mark the first anniversary of Stonewall. The Stonewall riots were sparked off in Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village and is one of the first well known instances of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rebellion against government-sponsored oppression of LGBT people.

San Francisco has a prominent LGBT community, with it’s center at Castro District, that has played a major role in bringing about changes and reforms for it’s people and their rights.

This year was the 45th year of San Francisco Pride and like each year, it had a theme. This year the theme was “Equality Without Exception”. The celebration took place on 27th and 28th June, 2015 with parades, people and food. There were live performances with a huge stage put up at the San Francisco Civic Center. Organizations, individuals, groups as well as corporate companies participate in the Pride parade.

Here’s an account of the colors, people, parade, celebration and art exhibits/stalls of San Francisco Pride 2015. Enjoy!

San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Shiny shorts were being hung up for people to take
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
The floats of the parade on Sunday
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Participants of the Parade
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Love Wins!
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Pets with their owners. Why should they be left out from all the fun?
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
“And make it all for one and all for love!” ~ Rod Stewart
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Happy Faces..
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Paraders will do anything! 
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Printed totes on sale
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Pride color flowers with messages
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Yes, you read that right!
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Dance away..
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
“You talking to me?”
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
The Crowd
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Colorful wrist bands
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
The art stalls were rather nice! Many artists showcased their work..
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Art included murals and sculpture. Here’s some Indian influenced art..
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Some more art
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Jewelry and art on display
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Born to pose.
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
A happy day for all 🙂
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Printed Art
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Colorful tutus and butterfly wings for sale!
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
More happy faces..
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
One of these guys came up to me and said, “Please take a picture of us?” Haha! “Sure!”
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
‘Ouchii’, a printed tee stall
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
Sketch Art stall by an artist
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015
San Francisco Civic Center, where the stalls were put up with a live performance stage. The theme for this year’s Pride ~ ‘Equality without Exception’

Behind all the colors, fun and frolic, there is a strong message that Pride conveys. The phrase  ‘Equality without Exception’ sums it up aptly.

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