Thousands of revelers turn out for San Francisco’s Pride parade

Thousands turned out Sunday for San Francisco’s Pride parade, some colorfully costumed, others colorfully un-costumed, reveling in the celebration that is one of The City’s signature events.

Crowds packed both sides of Market Street to watch the parade of floats, motorcycles and marchers dancing their way to City Hall.

This was Andrew Huff’s third Pride Parade.

“I feel more like a local now,” said Huff, 21, of Sacramento, lounging on the Civic Center grass with his friends. “I feel like it’s just home,” he said. “I tell people, this is like gay Mecca.”

The signing Friday of a law allowing same-sex marriage in New York State left some in the crowd hopeful that California, where so much of the effort to promote gay marriage began, would soon follow suit.

Huff said the New York law was “great progress.”

“I’m still waiting for Prop 8 to be repealed, but it’ll happen some day,” he said.

London Elise, a “high priestess of beauty” who owns a skin care studio in the Panhandle, said she’s been coming to Pride for many years, and the mood this year felt “lighter.”

“California is about acceptance,” the 38-year-old Elise said. “And why are Massachusetts, and Hawaii, and New York more liberal than us? We’re the ones that brought you the Summer of Love. We sponsored the sexual revolution.”

Jeremy Kenyon, 35, of San Francisco, noted that the festival brought all kinds of people, gay and straight, to The City to celebrate.

“It’s about love, it’s about hopefulness, it’s about unity,” Kenyon said.

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