San Diego Gay Pride Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The 2014 San Diego Gay Pride Festival will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this upcoming weekend. As the premier pride event in California, this years festivities include the annual music festival, block party, rally, and parade. Here is a detailed glance at what to expect this weekend.

Spirit of Stonewall Rally

Date & Time: Friday, July 18th – 6:00PM
Location: Hillcrest Pride Flag (Normal & University Ave.)
Cost: FREE
The Spirit of Stonewall Rally will commemorate the June 1969 Stonewall Inn riots that occurred in New York City. Pride celebrations around the world can trace their beginnings to the Stonewall riots, including San Diego’s Pride Festival which first began in 1975. The keynote speaker at this years rally is Laverne Cox. Best known for her portrayal of Sophia Burset in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, Cox made history earlier this year when she was the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category.

Pride of Hillcrest Block Party

Date & Time: Friday, July 18th – 7:00PM to 11:00PM
Location: Hillcrest Pride Flag (Normal & University Ave.)
Cost: General Admission [$25], VIP [$50], Private Cabanas [$1,500]
The Pride of Hillcrest Block Party will begin immediately after the Spirit of Stonewall Rally. This 21+ event will officially kick start the 40th annual San Diego LGBT Pride Festival into full swing. Numerous dance stages, DJs, and entertainment will be sure to make the Hillcrest Block Party a night to remember!

SEE ALSO: Look for more weekend events on our events calendar.

Pride Parade

Date & Time: Saturday, July 19th – 11:00AM
Location: The parade begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Avenue and Normal Street, proceeds west on University Avenue, turns south on 6th Avenue, turns left onto Balboa Drive, and ends at Laurel Street.
Cost: FREE
The annual San Diego Pride Parade is one of the largest in the country and on average draws more than 300,000 spectators. This years parade line-up includes Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Pug Rescue of San Diego County, Fashion Week San Diego, UTOPIA San Diego, San Diego Law Enforcement & Fire, and many more. This years grand marshall is Toni Atkins. Atkins is the speaker for the California State Assembly and a member representing the 78th district. Atkins is an active LGBT leader and recipient of numerous LGBT awards.

Music Festival

Date & Time: Saturday, July 19th: 12:00PM – 10:00PM & Sunday, July 20th: 11:00AM – 8:00PM
Location: Marston Pt., Balboa Park (6th Ave. & Laurel St.)
Cost: Weekend Pass [$20], Youth 15 & Under [FREE]
Over 40,000 people are expected to attend this years music festival. The two day festival in Balboa Park includes multiple stages of entertainment, more than 200 musicians, bands, comedians, dancers, shopping at dozens of vendor booths, an art exhibit, cultural presentations, and great food. This is one event you won’t want to miss!

For more information, and to purchase tickets to this years music festival, please visit Share your 2014 pride moments with us by commenting below!

[Images: San Diego Pride,, San Diego City Beat]

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