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After two missed years due to the pandemic, San Francisco Pride returned this weekend with their first in-person parade since 2019.

The jubilant event began on at the Embarcadero, with the SF Dykes on Bikes leading the way down Market Street. Reminiscent of the previous weekend’s Golden State Warriors championship parade, Market Street was flooded with San Franciscans ready to celebrate the city’s LGBTQ+ community. The crowds spilled out into the area surrounding Civic Center, where vendors and food stalls served the thousands of attendees.

Attendees at San Francisco Pride march down the parade route on June 26, 2022.

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This year’s grand marshals included musician Melanie DeMore, non-profit director Vinny Eng, public health educator Amber Gray, trans activist Andrea Horne, OaklandTransMarch co-founder Socorro “Cori” Moreland and pioneering hip-hop DJ Mellanique Robicheaux (also known as Black) . Martha Wash of the Weather Girls served as headliner, and “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider also appeared on the main stage.

Participants take part in the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.

Participants take part in the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.
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A participant dressed in a Spider Man outfit presents to spin webs during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.

A participant dressed in a Spider Man outfit presents to spin webs during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.
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A costumed participant shows their rainbow colors during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.

A costumed participant shows their rainbow colors during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.
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A participant carrying a rainbow flag hi-fives spectators during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.

A participant carrying a rainbow flag hi-fives spectators during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.
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Participants take part in the 2022 San Francisco Pride Parade. (SFGATE / Douglas Zimmerman)

The leadup to this year’s Pride has been marked by controversy and concern. In late May, Mayor London Breed announced she would withdraw from the parade due to a rule for bidding police from attending in uniform. Pride eventually walked back the rule, allowing fewer than 10 individuals to attend in uniform. The parade also came shortly after an alleged Hate crime against local drag performer Panda Dulce at a Bay Area library.

California state Sen. Scott Wiener on his parade float at San Francisco Pride on June 26, 2022.

California state Sen. Scott Wiener on his parade float at San Francisco Pride on June 26, 2022.

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On Sunday, Pride attendees draped in every type of rainbow-colored garb imaginable joyously cheered on the parade floats, but many homemade signs expressed distress and defiance of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Calf. The elements of activism amidst the celebration were a reminder of Pride’s roots as a powerful protest movement.

Participants hold a sign during the the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.Participants hold a sign during the the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Attendees at San Francisco Pride march down the parade route on June 26, 2022.

Attendees at San Francisco Pride march down the parade route on June 26, 2022.

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Participants hold a large rainbow flag during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.Participants hold a large rainbow flag during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Scroll below to see our best photos from the event.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on her parade float at San Francisco Pride on June 26, 2022.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on her parade float at San Francisco Pride on June 26, 2022.

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Attendees at San Francisco Pride march down the parade route on June 26, 2022.

Attendees at San Francisco Pride march down the parade route on June 26, 2022.

Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Attendees at San Francisco Pride march down the parade route on June 26, 2022.

Attendees at San Francisco Pride march down the parade route on June 26, 2022.

Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Sean Kelly and Rachel Levine during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.Sean Kelly and Rachel Levine during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Attendees at San Francisco Pride watch the parade route down Market Street on June 26, 2022.

Attendees at San Francisco Pride watch the parade route down Market Street on June 26, 2022.

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Verasphere attendees at San Francisco Pride march down the parade route on June 26, 2022.

Verasphere attendees at San Francisco Pride march down the parade route on June 26, 2022.

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Samba drummers and dancers take part in the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.

Samba drummers and dancers take part in the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.

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Leather Marshall Tammy LG Hatter is driven along during the the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.Leather Marshall Tammy LG Hatter is driven along during the the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Corgi wearing rainbow colors take part in the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.Corgi wearing rainbow colors take part in the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Tyler Weisman from Denver, CO (center) cheers participants during the the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.Tyler Weisman from Denver, CO (center) cheers participants during the the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Sam Bass holds up a rainbow flag during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.Sam Bass holds up a rainbow flag during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Flight attendants from Alaska Airlines perform during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.Flight attendants from Alaska Airlines perform during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Sheriff Claudia Gomez and her daughter Olivia wave rainbow flags during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.Sheriff Claudia Gomez and her daughter Olivia wave rainbow flags during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Participants take part in the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.Participants take part in the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

City and County of San Francisco sheriff Joseph Engler cheers on the crowd during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.City and County of San Francisco sheriff Joseph Engler cheers on the crowd during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Members of the American Legion Alexander Hamilton Post march during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.Members of the American Legion Alexander Hamilton Post march during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

(Left to right) Courtney, Baker, and Elizabeth McKeegan take part in the the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.(Left to right) Courtney, Baker, and Elizabeth McKeegan take part in the the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Grand Marshall Vinny Eng during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.Grand Marshall Vinny Eng during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A Verasphere participant during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.

A Verasphere participant during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.

Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

Participants walk down Market Street during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.Participants walk down Market Street during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

A spectator waves a flag during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif.  on June 26, 2022.A spectator waves a flag during the San Francisco Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on June 26, 2022.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE

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