Pride Month in June is dedicated to celebration and commemoration for all who identify in the LGBTQ+ communities. It began after the Stonewall riots, a series of gay liberation protests in 1969, and has since spread worldwide.
Kaiser Permanente has been supporting Pride Month for nearly 30 years.
This year, there are events in Northern California cities throughout the month of June. Read on to find a location near you.
Rainbow Pride Parade & Festival
9 a.m. check-in; 10 a.m. – Parade begins at 315 East Olive Avenue, Fresno
Kaiser Permanente Fresno is a proud sponsor of the 33rd annual event in Fresno’s Tower District. Employees, physicians, family, and friends come together to walk in the parade annually, with 100 volunteers expected to participate this year. Participants will receive a KP Pride T-shirt, with Pride signs and banners available to carry along the route down Olive Avenue from Palm to Maroa, approximately half a mile.
Sonoma County Pride Parade and Festival
10 a.m. check-in; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – 4th Street and Brookwood Avenue, Santa Rosa
Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa is a proud sponsor of the 38th annual Sonoma County Pride celebration. Leaders, physicians, and employees, along with friends and family, will march in the parade through downtown Santa Rosa. Festivities continue at Old Courthouse Square for the Pride festival that includes food, vendor booths, trinkets, pulsing music, and colorful clothing.
San Mateo Pride Celebration
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Parade starts at 2nd and B Streets and ends at Central Park, San Mateo (arrive by 9:45; allow time for parking located at Tennis Park Garage on East 5th by Central Park)
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Festival, Central Park, San Mateo
Kaiser Permanente will sponsor the 11th Annual Pride Celebration in San Mateo with a presence in the parade and festival. This year’s theme, “Free to Be Me in 2023,” will champion inclusion and wellness for the LGBTQ+ communities and allies. Live entertainment and a DJ, resource and vendor booths, family friendly activities, and more will take place at this free and sober event. Join Kaiser Permanente’s parade contingent and volunteer in our booth. Family and friends are welcome. Pride T-shirts will be provided to the first 50 employees who register and march in the parade. One T-shirt per volunteer.
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Pride Picnic, Graceada Park, 401 Needham Street, Modesto
MoPride is a nonprofit drop-in center for the LGBTQ+ community, providing support groups, events, referrals, and services for the most marginalized communities in the Central Valley. It’s a small nonprofit primarily run by volunteers. In addition to its weekly youth programs that include leadership building and mental health services, MoPride serves a large population of unhoused individuals with hygiene kits, food, beverages, and clothing.
Sacramento Pride Parade and Festival
12 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Starts at Southside Park and ends at the Pride Festival entrance, Capitol Mall, 6th & Capitol, Sacramento
Show your pride and march with Kaiser Permanente. Parade participants will receive a KP Pride T-shirt (first come, first served). Open to employees, physicians, friends, family, and members. Proceeds benefit the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, which works to create a region where LGBTQ+ people thrive. Enjoy food, music, performances, and more. Check KPCares.org to register.
Trans March San Francisco
12 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Dolores Park – Dolores Street &, 19th Street, San Francisco
Kaiser Permanente sponsors the Trans March San Francisco, which kicks off the San Francisco Pride weekend. Trans March is San Francisco’s premier annual transgender PRIDE event. The mission of Trans March San Francisco is to inspire all trans and gender non-conforming people to realize a world where everyone is safe, loved, and empowered. The day will feature an intergenerational brunch, Trans March stage with speakers and performances, a resource community fair, and the official Community March from Dolores Park to Downtown San Francisco. The march begins at approximately 6 p.m.
San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join Kaiser Permanente as we celebrate the 2023 San Francisco Pride Parade. We have been proud sponsors of this event — one of the largest LGBTQ+ celebrations in the world — for over 25 years and invite you to join the festivities that promote equality for all. Volunteer to make Kaiser Permanente shine at the parade and join in celebrating this year’s theme, “Celebrating Pride and All That is You.”
Please sign up for one role: marcher, parade safety monitor, check-in volunteer, or balloon monitor:
- SF Pride marchers (march with the Kaiser Permanente contingent): Sign up to march at KPCares.org and list full names of up to 2 guests who will accompany you. All marchers are asked to provide identification at check-in at the pre-parade event at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Hotel.
- SF Pride Parade safety monitors: Help keep our contingent and float moving safely. A mandatory safety training session is required. Dates and times for the training sessions will be sent to you directly by the project coordinator. Go here to register.
- SF Pride Parade check-in volunteers and balloon monitors: Greet and check in marchers; distribute T-shirts and hats; and manage the KP balloons. Go here to register.
Kaiser Permanente will host a pre-parade event at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Hotel, located at 5 Embarcadero Center. The event is for employees, physicians, families, and friends who have registered in advance. Thank you for helping Kaiser Permanente to showcase its support for equity, inclusion, diversity, and pride.
Stay tuned for updates on additional year-round pride activities, including Pride in Oakland in September.