We've attended the Pride Parade for the last 7 years. In Belfast, we felt it was important to show solidarity for a group which is still marginalised and vilified by the politicians. And over the years, it's been wonderful to see the size of the parade increasing, and even more enjoyable to watch the size of the supporting crowd grow.
This year we experienced our first Pride in San Francisco. Of course, there is no comparison - the parade was extravagant and enormous: we were there for the start and stayed for 4 hours and not quite half the floats had gone past when we left. Pride here is more of a joyous celebration, particularly following the Supreme Court's recent decision, rather than a show of solidarity. So much music, so much fun, so much love and happiness, and of course so many amazing costumes.
It was fabulous and fun, and we'll definitely be back next year. It rather felt that this year was a trial run for us (we were with a bunch of friends and none of us had attended before.) We got lots of tips and ideas for how we'd like to approach it next year. Maybe we'll head up for the whole weekend of festivities, and we'll definitely spend time in the Castro district. Watching the parade we were envious of those who had brought water, snacks and chairs. They were clearly seasoned pros.
Still, it was an amazing experience and I was having far too much fun to take good photos. Here are a few which capture the atmosphere though: