A Noah's Ark of Recurring Celebration: San Francisco Annual Event History
Aids Walk, Sundance Stompede, Good Vibrations Christmas Party, Pride Parade.
Aids Walk 2006 ~ On July 16, 2006, 25,000 walkers raised 3.77 million dollars for San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) & 43 other Bay Area AIDS organizations ... during the 20th annual AIDS Walk San Francisco. In the weeks following the event, the tally grew still higher, topping a record 4.1 million dollars! The Gap team raised over $230,000, the highest ever raised by a team at any AIDS Walk around the country. <> In 1987, the first AIDS Walk San Francisco was an extraordinary & much-needed success that helped shatter the silence. More than 6,000 compassionate Bay Area residents raised an astounding $667,000. <> At a time when the nation was inattentive to the looming crisis, these courageous walkers brought their message visibly to the streets: “We are here to fight AIDS!” <> The money raised at that event, & the annual AIDS Walks that followed, enabled SFAF to continue its critical work & provide services to 100,000 men, women, & children living with HIV/AIDS, & their families. <> (A portion of the AIDS Walk proceeds also goes to dozens of other important AIDS organizations within the Bay Area.) Over the years, more & more members of the Bay Area community have participated in the event. They have raised over 55 million dollars to help people with HIV & AIDS; to educate the community about HIV & prevent its spread; & to lobby the government to increase its support of HIV care, prevention, & the search for a cure.
San Francisco Pride Parade ~ Since modest beginnings, San Francisco Pride has ballooned into one of the largest & most well-known Pride events in the world. <> Pride events everywhere have come to symbolize the long history of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer resistance to the gender & sex binaries & the hegemony of heterosexist institutions, the freedom of all people to meaningfully & proudly express their sexual & gender identities, & the commitment of LGBT people to combating oppression. From this history of rebellion grew the mission of San Francisco LGBT Pride: to educate the World, celebrate our culture, commemorate our heritage, & liberate our people. <> The Pride Celebration & Parade are open to people of all ages. On Sunday, there is a Family Garden area which is focused on providing a safe & less-crowded area for children/youth & their parents or guardians. We have free childcare facilities available & a range of services for people with disabilities. From an accessible area to view the Parade in our Grand Stand seating area, to sign language interpretation at all performance stages, our aim is to make the event accessible for all. <> An estimated 500,000 people from outside the Bay Area visit San Francisco Pride each year.