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Thousands Celebrated Gay Pride At San Francisco Parade

Thousands of people took the downtown of San Francisco this Sunday, June 26, for the city’s annual gay pride parade.

SF GATE reports:

As the 41st annual gay pride parade surges through downtown San Francisco, many revelers are drawing inspiration from 3,000 miles away, where New York just legalized same-sex marriage.

The mood at Sunday’s celebration was optimistic as attendees said they hoped California would soon join the six other U.S. states where gay couples enjoy full marriage rights. The crowd of hundreds of thousands was peppered with signs reading, “I Love New York.”

California voters in 2008 approved Proposition 8, banning gay marriage in the state. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals currently is mulling the ban’s constitutionality.

ABC was also there to cover the event:

A lesbian group on motorcycles known as “Dykes on Bikes” led the parade, followed by many bicyclists, part of an AIDS ride group.

LGBTQ-friendly police, deputies and firefighters honked horns and flashed their lights for the brightly colored and creatively dressed crowd.

San Franciscan Caitlin Roach decided “this is going to be the best Pride ever” and noticed that there was “a lot of love” throughout the streets.

“My favorite thing about Pride is how unbelievably gay it is,” said the 23-year-old with her girlfriend standing along the parade route.

Local celebrities and officials supporting the gay community rode down Market Street including San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, former San Francisco Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Fiona Ma and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.

The parade’s celebrity grand marshals — actress Olympia Dukakis, transgender activist Chaz Bono and television show “Top Chef: Just Desserts” winner Yigit Pura — garnered cheers and waves.

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