San Diego Pride Programs

For 45 years, San Diego Pride has advocated for equality and diversity. The annual Pride Celebration has grown from a small grassroots march for equal rights into the largest human rights event in San Diego County. San Diego Pride’s year-round programs focus on advocacy and community service.

Activism and Awareness Programs

San Diego Pride Parade: Our parade is the largest equal rights celebration in San Diego, calling loudly and proudly to all people still in the closet that it’s safe to come out and that we’re waiting for them with open arms.

Rainbow Flag Raising: We encourage businesses and corporations countywide to fly the Pride Flag for the month of July.

Pride Music Festival: In addition to providing a wide variety of great entertainment on multiple stages, the Music Festival is an inclusive and diverse celebration of the community. It showcases a number of programs:

  • Partnerships including the Leather Realm, the Get Tested Pavilion, Coffee Terrace, Art of Pride, Lambda Archives and more.
  • A lesbian health tent, providing education, prevention, and outreach for women’s health issues.
  • A Children’s Garden for the kids and parents in our community.
  • A private meeting area celebrating and supporting sobriety.
  • A Senior Cool Zone for seasoned attendees to relax and enjoy the friendship of others.
  • The Art of Pride exhibit, showcasing the talents of LGBT artists in our community.

Other Resources

Community Services Programs

Grant Funding: As a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit, San Diego Pride has donated nearly $2 million in Pride Fund grants to organizations serving the community.
Direct Community Support: San Diego Pride also supports community organizations by sponsoring and purchasing tickets to various events.
Support of the San Diego LGBT Community Center: San Diego Pride acknowledges the importance of The Center to the entire LGBT community and remains committed to supporting its ongoing efforts.
Partnerships: San Diego Pride creates partnerships with community organizations, enabling them to raise funds in exchange for their involvement in Pride events.

Youth Services

Youth Pride: Creating safe and affirming opportunities for youth. Pride’s Youth Organizer coordinates youth participation in Pride’s programs.

Pride Green – Environmental Impact programs

Reducing the environmental impact of San Diego Pride programs on Balboa Park and the community

Reforestation Program: Planting new trees in Balboa Park to provide a lush green park area for future generations.
Recycling Program: In 2008 San Diego Pride recycled more than six tons of material and in 2009 this effort resulted in 8 tons of recyclables being diverted from the landfill.
Free Shuttle Service: Encouraging event participants to reduce the amount of carbon emissions, the organization coordinates shuttle service from park-n-ride lots.
Bike Valet: In an effort to take automobiles off the road, event attendees are encouraged to ride a bike and take advantage of free guarded bike parking.

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  • Outreach: San Diego Pride supports the “Get Tested” campaign in June encouraging individuals to visit participating providers and get tested.
  • Support: San Diego Pride provides free and confidential HIV testing at the festival as well as outreach and support for HIV/AIDS service organizations.