San Diego LGBT Pride Parade

Sat, July 15th, 11am.
SWZC is registered to have a marching contingent in the LGBT Pride Parade in Hillcrest.

All SWZC Members and friends are welcome to join us in marching or cheer us from the sidelines.
Here is the general information on the event from the SD LGBT Pride Parade website (

Theme: Allied in Action: United for Justice
DateJuly 15, 2017
Time11:00 am
Locations: The parade begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Ave. and Normal St., proceeds west on University Ave., turns south on 6th Ave., turns left onto Balboa Dr. and ends at Quince Dr.
Route Length: 1.1 miles

The particular SWZC logistical information is as follows:

1) We are contingent 122 out of 240. So, we are about smack in the middle of the parade. Our expected start to move time is 11:45AM. We are expected to start walking the parade route about 12:25PM. If you plan to walk with us, I would shoot to arrive at the staging area no later than 11:30 but earlier is safer with traffic and parking being bad in the area that morning. (see below for more information)
2) Where to find us: Our staging location is on Centre Street between Park and Lincoln on the west side of the street. I (Ando) need to be there at 9AM to check us in, but everyone else can show up later (see above). (Of course, I welcome company if you want to come hang out with me earlier.)
3) Parking: The organizers suggest that people park at the Old Navy Hospital. There will be shuttles running from there to the parade route and to there from the end of the parade route. There are other options, but, in my experience, this really is the best one. Parking in the area is likely to be a nightmare on parade day. Please give yourself plenty of time to park and get to the parade area. Carpooling is encouraged.
4) Pets: It is OK to bring your non-human friends. However, keep in mind that it is long walk on hot pavement in a crowd If you choose to bring a non-human friend, please be sure that you are providing for their water, rest, paw care, and other needs.
5) Dress: We are ordering a banner to lead our contingent and identify us. You should dress comfortably and as festively as you like. (Nudity, however, is illegal and could get you and us in trouble. They stressed this at the logistics meeting.) A hat and sunblock are very good ideas. It’s also good to bring water and snacks. I plan on wearing my rakusu.
6) This is a celebration of support for the LGBT community and its allies, so noisemakers and the like are welcome.

If you have any questions about the parade and/ or want to confirm your participation, please contact Ando at