District set to represent at 2017 Pride Parade on July 15
Hundreds of students, faculty, and staff in the San Diego Community College District will march under the district banner during the 2017 San Diego Pride Parade, one of the largest parades of its kind in the country.
This year’s parade theme is "Allied in Action: United for Justice."
The SDCCD has a history of celebrating the region’s LGBT community and has had a presence in the annual Pride Parade since it began more than 40 years ago. This is the third year students, faculty, and staff have marched together as a contingent. Members of the Board of Trustees will take part in the celebration, and representatives from every college – City, Mesa, and Miramar, along with Continuing Education – will be there, too.
The parade is set to start at 11 a.m. It follows a 1.1-mile route beginning at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Avenue and Normal Street, continues west on University Avenue, turns south on Sixth Avenue, and left onto Balboa Drive in Balboa Park before continuing to Laurel Street/El Prado. Organizers estimate more than 100,000 spectators will be on hand to celebrate.
Free T-shirts will be provided to the first 200 SDCCD participants, who will start congregating at 9 a.m. SDCCD students, faculty, and staff can hop on a free shuttle that will run between the Old Naval Hospital on President’s Way to the start of the parade route.
The San Diego Pride Parade has grown from when 400 or so people marched and rallied in Balboa Park to celebrate the LGBT community in June of 1997. It follows LGBT Pride Month, celebrated each June to remember the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York that were prompted by a police raid in a gay bar and is considered by many as the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and struggle for LGBT rights in this country.
Those interested in joining the SDCCD’s San Diego Pride Parade contingent can register for the event here.
For more information about the Pride Parade, visit sdpride.org/parade.