Video; Tom Abbott
Editing: Nadin Abbott
Photos: Nadin and Tom Abbott
San Diego Pride started in 1974. Like other parades in the county, it was a celebration of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion. Stonewall was the moment the modern-day LBGTQ movement was born.
That parade had about 200 participants. It did not receive any real police protection, and it mostly stayed on the sidewalk. In contrast, the modern day events not only have police protection, in the form of uniformed officers keeping the peace, but they are active participants. This ranges from Sheriff Bill Gore, to multiple police Chiefs from agencies from across the county. For the record, starting in 1975 San Diego Police did offer the same escort they have done for many other events.
A sign of the times was the participation of a marijuana provider in the parade. This was the first year. Given citizens legalized recreational marijuana, it makes sense.
Police participating, with a fire contingent is very different than the first parade. So are the numbers of participants. In the parade there were thousands. Lining the route there were an estimated 20 thousand people. There was also the sale of event tickets. Proceeds are used to support “San Diego Pride’s community philanthropy which has distributed more than $2 million in advancement of its mission to foster pride in and respect for all LGBT people locally, nationally, and globally.”
Pride weekend is important for San Diego’s economy as well. However, a younger generation of activists is critical of how corporate it has become. They would like to see companies out of Pride.
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