Pride Comes in All Colors – A Guide to Bay Area Pride Celebrations

Contra Costa County Library invites you to join is in celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride! All throughout June, we’ll have an array of activities at your local branch, including:

· Pride flag coloring pages

· Pride rainbow buttons

· Events galore

· LGBTQ+ booklists to get your Pride started Per The Advocate, an LGBTQ+ publication available via Flipster with your Contra Costa County Library card: The gay pride parade is one of the biggest events of the year for the LGBT calendar. Founded in 1970 for the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, gay pride parades are a symbol of LGBT people's unwillingness to remain in the closet any longer. And they aren't all jockstraps and drag queens either--for their entire history, gay pride parades have always been a site of civic engagement, with a marked uptick in corporate participation in recent years.

Pride is celebrated throughout the Bay Area with parades and parties – and it’s not just limited to the month of June! We’ve compiled a list of Pride celebrations for you, here, so you can have a Happy Pride.

San Francisco – The Mother of All Prides

June 24/25

Our Pride Celebration will be June 24th and 25th. The Pride Parade will be on June 25th, going down Market Street from Embarcadero to the Celebration at Civic Center.

This year’s theme is Looking Back Moving Forward, and the parade Grand Marshalls are:

1. Paul Aguilar, he/him Board Choice Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal

2. Laura Lala-Chavez, they/them Board Choice Grand Marshal

3. Honey Mahogany, they/them Member Choice Grand Marshal

4. Breonna McCree, they/them Board Choice Grand Marshal

5. Dr. Nasser Mohamed, he/him Public Choice Grand Marshal

6. Drag Story Hour - Bay Area Chapter — Organization Public Choice Grand Marshal

Clayton Pride – All the Colors of the Rainbow

June 3, 10am

Picnic in the park; dine at one of our fine downtown establishments; balloon animal making; face painting; kiddos kick off the parade on their bikes. Visit one of our 25+ booths.

Concord Pride – Rainbow Community Center's Pride in the Plaza 2023

June 17, 12-6pm

This summer Rainbow Community Center is proud to bring back our beloved annual Pride in the Plaza in Concord. The 13th Annual Pride in the Plaza will be the first since 2019 and the onset of the pandemic. This family friendly event will convene LGBTQIA+ folks and allies, supportive businesses and community partners throughout Contra Costa County to celebrate the diversity, pride and beauty of our community.

East Bay Parks – Celebrating Pride Month

June 2023

In celebration of the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month, the Park District will raise the Pride Flag in parks where flag poles are present. Our Regional Parks protect many diverse ecosystems where plants and animals thrive. Nature is diverse, and our parks are places that welcome and celebrate diversity. Join us in celebrating diversity in parks and creating welcoming spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Martinez Pride – Celebrate the resilience, creativity, and spirit of our LGBTQ+ neighbors at Martinez's inaugural Pride!

September 23, 11am-2pm

Please join us for the City of Martinez’s inaugural Pride event celebrating the diversity of our LGBTQ+ neighbors and allies at the beautiful Martinez waterfront! This event is FREE for the community and will feature music, education and activity booths, and food and beverages from local businesses. More details to be announced!

Oakland Pride – Join in Solidarity and Celebrate Loudly and Proudly In-Community

September 9/10

This year, Oakland Pride and Pridefest Oakland have joined forces to create a partnership of strength and respect while elevating our unified mission to celebrate and support the cultures and diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) community in Oakland and the surrounding Bay Area. Join in solidarity and celebrate loudly and proudly in-community.

Pinole Pride – Celebrating LGBTQ Pride, Juneteenth, and Pinole's 120th birthday

June 11, 12-3pm

The City of Pinole is hosting the first-ever Pinole Pride event on Sunday, June 11 from 12pm-3pm at Fernandez Park. You're invited to help us celebrate all things pride in a big way! PRIDE in the City of Pinole for the City’s 120th birthday as well LGBTQ PRIDE Month and Juneteenth.

This is a FREE family-friendly event where all are welcome. There will be food trucks, children’s activities, arts & crafts, face painting, balloon twister, petting zoo, musical performances, and more! You'll be able to visit a number of booths to learn about your local community organizations and get connected.

Port Costa Pride – Party, Parade, Potluck

June 17, 12-5pm

Join us for this free family friendly event celebrating Port Costa Pride and its diverse community that supports inclusivity.

Walnut Creek Pride – PRIDE Storytime and Craft in the park

June 9, 1-2pm

Come join us in-person as we celebrate PRIDE with stories and a craft! We will begin with storytime followed by a craft activity. Recommended ages are 2-6. All children are welcome. Caregivers / Parents must be present to engage with their children during the program as we learn and celebrate PRIDE together! Limited space - this is a registered event.

Richmond Pride – Richmond Rainbow Pride 9th annual Pride: Pride and Joy

June 4, 12pm

This year's theme is Pride and Joy. June 4th at Richmond Civic Center Plaza, hosted by KaiKai Bee Michaels, with DJ Sir Ellis.