Crowds packed University Avenue long after the parade ended, celebrating San Diego Pride into the night. Photo credit: OnScene.TV
This weekend’s San Diego Pride Parade drew an estimated 250,000 people, Pride officials estimated Sunday.
More than 265 entrants marched in the Saturday morning parade from Hillcrest to Balboa Park.
“Attendance numbers did not break our record, but it was a beautiful return to large scale after two years of virtual Prides,” Chloe Janda of San Diego Pride said.
The Pride Festival continued Sunday in Balboa Park with headliners Baby Tate and Ashnikko, known for viral hits on TikTok. Based on ticket-sales trends, Janda said Sunday, the organization expects festival attendees to exceed 35,000.
Pride Executive Director Fernando Lopez called the parade “a homecoming brimming with emotion.”
“Our LGBTQ community and allies worked together for over a year in what felt like the largest and most celebratory family reunion imaginable,” he said. “Beautifully diverse crowds of people from around the world filled our city with love and celebration.”