The theme of the 42nd Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade is “Global Equality.” It’s a smart statement of inclusiveness for what has come to be the world’s largest and most visible gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. A citywide celebration that takes place in various incarnations all month long, we're especially gay proud of our fair city's happenings this year. The centerpiece event of Pride is today's parade on Market, a Technicolor explosion of around 200 contingents marching with resplendent costumery and verve that’s book-ended by a two-day celebration of live music, exhibitions, and dancing. Among this year's Grand Marshals are Sarah Silverman, Glee's Dot Jones, Rainbow Flag creator Gilbert Baker, and former mayor Willie L. Brown. In addition to the floats, comedy acts, music, and the requisite naked men in fluorescent cock rings, there are also two-dozen officially sanctioned events and after-parties happening all over town in several gayborhoods. Our picks include: a special edition of the late-night disco party Go Bang! at Deco Lounge, the Latin-infused Club Papi’s 10th Annual Brown Party at Space 550, Sundance Saloon’s After-Pride Country-Western Dance at Hotel Whitcomb, and drag star Juanita More’s infamous Pride Party at Chambers.
Sat., June 23, noon; Sun., June 24, 10:30 a.m., 2012