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    SF Pride Announces Public Voting for 2019 Community Grand Marshals

    The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee invites the public to vote on the 2019 slate of nominees for Community Grand Marshal. Each year, both an individual and an organization selected by the public are honored at the Parade and Celebration, held on the last full weekend in June. Voting now is underway, and will continue until Noon on Tuesday, March 5.

    Chosen from suggestions made by the community, members of San Francisco Pride and the Pride Board of Directors, the 2019 nominees for Community Grand Marshal are trailblazers and leaders in and around the nine-county Bay Area.

    “Our community grand marshals are the soul of our event. It is a privilege to showcase the contributions of this year’s nominees for Grand Marshal,” said SF Pride Executive Director, George F. Ridgely, Jr. “Through their exemplary work, tireless advocacy, provocative art and compassionate volunteerism, our LGBTQ communities are strengthened and made richer.”

    The 2019 San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade is scheduled for the weekend of June 29 and 30. The theme for this year’s Pride event is Generations of Resistance.

    “Our theme for 2019 is in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots,” according to Ridgely. “The rights we enjoy here and around the world are built on the hard work of previous generations. In San Francisco, Pride is an opportunity to emphasize our rich history of activism, as well as encourage tomorrow’s leaders. We look forward to our own fiftieth anniversary in 2020, when we can celebrate San Francisco’s rich LGBTQ history with the world.”

    The San Francisco Pride Parade/March will take place in downtown San Francisco along Market Street on Sunday, June 30. The Celebration, a rally and festival at Civic Center Plaza, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30. The Celebration features multiple stages of local and international talent that include speakers, performances, live entertainment, DJs, and more than twenty community-programmed stages and venues. While an admission fee is not mandatory for the Celebration, organizers do request a donation from everyone who attends.

    How to Cast Your Ballot for Community Grand Marshal

    There are a few ways to cast your ballot for Community Grand Marshal:

    Online: Go to the SF Pride website ( http://www.sfpride.org/grand-marshals/ ) and cast your votes.

    In Person: You can vote in person at the SF Pride office, 30 Pearl Street, 4th Floor. Please note that access to the Pride offices is by appointment only. Contact info@sfpride.org to schedule an appointment.