San Diego Pride in Photos

Thousands of people turned out for this weekend’s San Diego Pride, a three-day celebration that brought together Natasha Bedingfield, Sandra Bernhard, dozens of active-duty service members, and countless others for one of the largest pride events of the summer.
By: Camille Beredjick
July 23 2012 1:22 PM

Thousands of people turned out for this weekend’s San Diego Pride, a three-day celebration that brought together Natasha Bedingfield, Sandra Bernhard, dozens of active-duty service members, and countless others for one of the largest pride events of the summer.

The San Diego LGBT Pride Parade usually brings out about 200,000 people, making it the fourth largest pride parade in the United States. Saturday’s parade, showcasing nearly 200 floats and marchers under the theme “America’s Pride,” was especially historic.

The Pentagon decided earlier this month to allow active-duty members of the military to march in their uniforms during San Diego’s parade, a significant move considering the recent repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Dozens of members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard marched in their uniforms, receiving some of the heartiest cheers of the day.

The 1.5-mile parade route led to the pride festival in San Diego’s Balboa Park. The two-day festival featured more than 80 musicians, comedians and dancers performing on stages throughout the park, 300 vendor booths, an art exhibit, beer gardens and lots of food. Singer and comedian Sandra Bernhard and Glee’s Alex Newell headlined the entertainment lineup Saturday, and Natasha Bedingfield took the main stage Sunday night. 

Photo Credit: Boo Jarchow and Camille Beredjick. 

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