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March in the PRIDE Parade!

Join San Diego New Atheists & Agnostics and the San Diego Coalition of Reason in our 3rd annual march in the PRIDE parade. We've had a contingent for the past couple years and it has been a smashing success! This is your opportunity to show San Diego that the secular community supports PRIDE! It's a fun, rainbow-filled day.

This year's theme is "Freedom to Love & Marry," which is especially exciting in light of the recent DOMA decision!

The annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade is the 4th largest in the United States attracting 200,000 cheering spectators and significant media participation.

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2013

Time: 11 am

Location: The parade begins at University Ave. and Normal Street, proceeds west on University Avenue to 6th Avenue, turns south on 6th Avenue, ending at Balboa Drive and Upas Street.

Route: 1.5 miles | 2 hours

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Following are all the essential details you need to know. Please read this information thoroughly, as it will likely answer every question you could possibly have. I will update this event with my phone number the day before the parade.

Time: 12pm – 2pm (approx). Plan for extremely heavy traffic, using shuttles, and arrival at the staging area no later than 12pm.

Our Contingent: #116 (out of 200ish), which means we are smack dab in the middle! We will be in staging zone "i", which is located on Lincoln Street between Center & Normal. There will be lots of signage indicating both the staging zone and the individual contingents.

Parking: Park at the Naval Medical Hospital, 34800 Bob Wilson Drive, San Diego, CA 92134. Free shuttles run from 8am – 2pm.

General Location: The parade begins at University Ave. and Normal Street, proceeds west on University Avenue to 6th Avenue, turns south on 6th Avenue, ending at Balboa Drive and Upas Street. It's approximately a 2 mile walk.

Theme: Freedom to Love and Marry. Please dress/decorate in accordance with the theme.

Things you need to know!
Reading, understanding, and agreeing to the following are conditions of marching with SDCoR in the PRIDE Parade. If you have any questions, please contact me before the Parade. Marchers who violate any of the following guidelines on the day of the event will be asked to leave immediately and may be subject to arrest and/or fines. 

The not-so-fun stuff (don’ts)
• Do not throw anything into the crowd. It’s fine to hand out items (and we’ll be doing a lot of that) but they must be handed – not tossed – into the crowd. Violations can result in a $150 fine.

• Do not engage with protestors. There will absolutely be protestors, usually of a religious nature. At the request of the PRIDE organizers and the SDPD, we are not to engage with them.

• No Nudity. According to the City of San Diego, nudity is “devoid of an opaque covering which covers the genitals, pubic hair, buttocks, perineum, anus or anal region of any person, or any portion of the breast at or below the areola of any female person.”

• No jumping on and off of moving vehicles.

• No alcohol or illicit drugs.

• Leave your dogs and other pets at home! We will be on hot asphalt for several hours. The parade is no place for our furry friends.

• We will not have a vehicle this year. That means that you need to be prepared to carry everything you bring with you for the duration of the parade.

• Listen to PRIDE Volunteers if they give you a direction.

• Disperse immediately at the end of the parade, as directed by volunteers (i.e. GTFO the middle of the road). 

The fun stuff! (do’s)
• Dress up! Go crazy. Stick with the theme. Or not.

• Get a t-shirt! If you want to leave your PVC corset at home, you can buy a San Diego Coalition of Reason PRIDE T-shirt to sport in the parade instead:

• Hand out flyers, cards, candy, etc.! We’ll have lots of SDCoR and SDNA goodies to give out. These will be distributed in the morning.

• Wear comfy walking shoes!

• Come to the sign making party Thursday night (7/11).

• Show up! Even if you weren’t planning on it, don’t have a sign, and aren’t in costume – just show up! We'll cover you in rainbows and give you a sign to hold.

• When it’s over, celebrate a job well done! The parade ends where the festival begins, so you can head directly in to Balboa Park or to one of the great bars/restaurants in Banker’s Hill and Hillcrest. There won’t be an official SDNA event afterward, but people will likely split up into smaller groups and go out.

KEEP IT POSITIVE! This is our opportunity to show the LGBTQ community that they have support from the secular world. The purpose of this event is not to bash religion or insult other people's beliefs. There are lots of opportunities to engage in arguments and debates with believers, but PRIDE is not one of them.

A huge thank you to the Atheist Coalition for their generous financial sponsorship of our contingent's registration (for the second year in a row)!

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  • Daniel O. (aka P.

    Great pics Debbie!!

    July 16, 2013

  • Daniel O. (aka P.

    GREAT TIME!!! Thanks everyone!! Big Special thanks to Kim E for all her efforts and time!!

    July 16, 2013

  • Philip

    Are you guys at the end yet?

    July 13, 2013

  • Tommy J

    In TOTAL support of this event, but I'm afraid I would not make it very far with my walker : (

    But if You can be there I have two words of advice; Be Fabulous!

    1 · July 7, 2013

    • Debbie A.

      Just stopping by to say "Hi" Tommy. Next year we can maybe bring back the "float", and you can ride in style!

      July 12, 2013

    • Tommy J

      That would be Groovy. And if you could do one thing for me this year, Really enjoy yourself at the event so when we meet in person and you tell me about it I will be able to see the sparkle in your eye as you recount the day to me. My legs can't go the distance, buy my heart still has lots of life left and loves stories of people standing up for what is right. Thank You for marching.

      July 13, 2013

  • Kim E.

    Last minute request! Does anyone happen to have the desire/ability to play DJ? This would require a portable speaker, wagon/cart/wheelbarrow, and a collection of happy music. PM me if you can help!

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • Kim E.

    Okay, last update complete! Also, I just created a facebook event. Please post/share freely!

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be with Pug Rescue of San Diego County, on the truck/ float/ whatever.

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Torn hamstring (aka zombie leg) will prevent my participation this year. I will enthusiastically cheer you on from the sidelines.

    June 24, 2013

  • NancY


    June 15, 2013

  • Daniel O. (aka P.

    Always good to see Kim E. in her bustier!!

    May 15, 2013

    • Kim E.

      Heh. Pleather bustier was very sweaty last year. It may stay home this time. Rainbow tutu will make a repeat appearance. :)

      1 · May 16, 2013

    • Daniel O. (aka P.

      Sweaty pleather, now thats sexy! will be good to see you bustier or not!

      May 17, 2013

  • Zachary S.

    I'll try to bring at least one other person, but no more than ten.

    May 15, 2013

    • Kim E.

      You can bring more than ten. ;)

      May 16, 2013

  • Barb G.

    our opportunity to show the LGBTQ community that they have support from the secular world..." Oh they know. Anonymous has marched several times. It was in fact the lovely San Diego Scientology Brainwash Factory that stupidly came out publicly to support Prop 8. That went well for them. Not.

    May 15, 2013

  • Daniel O. (aka P.

    Had a great time last year!! Looking forward to another fun filled day!

    May 15, 2013

  • Mickey

    I will bring signs on sticks again!

    1 · May 14, 2013

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