Oakland’s fifth annual LGBT Pride celebration is just over a month away and this week, organizers announced that for the first time, there will be a parade to start the day.
The event bills itself as northern California’s second largest Pride festival and it’s one of the most diverse in the country. This year’s parade and festival take place Sunday, August 31, over Labor Day weekend.
According to an e-newsletter from Oakland Pride, the parade will start downtown at 14th and Broadway and head to the festival site five blocks away at 20th and Broadway, in the city’s Uptown neighborhood. To join a contingent or to register your own, visit http://www.oaklandpride.org/parade_map.
There is no cost to watch the parade, although there will be a VIP grandstand at Latham Square where advance tickets are $5 ($10 the day of the event). Access is free for persons with disabilities.
Admission to the festival, which runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. For more information, visit www.oaklandpride.org.
The Bay Area Reporter will have more coverage of Oakland Pride in coming weeks.