Get ready for San Diego Pride 2023

San Diego is getting ready to celebrate Pride in July and it is a schedule packed with celebrations, ceremonies, and parades.

A group of people carrying the rainbow flag for the San Diego Pride Parade in 2022.

The Pride Parade marching down the streets in 2022.

Photo via San Diego Pride

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June is Pride Month in the US and California, but San Diego’s celebration of the LGBTQ+ community goes down in July. This year’s schedule is packed with a variety of events, because there’s no one way to show pride.

Black Pride 2023

The San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition is hosting Black Pride with a “Black Joy Renaissance” and “Body Positivity” theme. The event is Thursday, July 6-Sunday, July 9, and features a kickoff mixer, the Meet Me at the Back Mini Ball Volume 4 extravaganza, a day party at Rich’s nightclub in Hillcrest, and a pool party.

Spirit of Stonewall Rally

San Diego has hosted this rally since 1975 to honor leaders who are fighting to preserve progress and address challenges in the LGBTQ+ community. The free ceremony is on Friday, July 14, 6 p.m., at the Hillcrest Pride Flag.

San Diego Pride Parade

The 1.5-mile parade returns on Saturday, July 15, starting at 10 a.m. The procession begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag, marches down University Avenue, turns onto Sixth Avenue, and ends in Balboa Park by Quince Street. This is free to watch, so secure your viewing spot early.

Stage at Pride Festival in Balboa Park 2022

Showing Pride in Balboa Park

Photo by Chloe Janda courtesy of San Diego Pride

Pride Festival

Score tickets to the Balboa Park party on Saturday, July 15 + Sunday, July 16, with a full lineup of performers like Princess Nokia, David Archuleta, and Saucy Santana.

More events

This is just a sample of the fun, and there are many other celebrations on San Diego Pride’s full events calendar, including:

A motorcyclist holding a rainbow Pride and California flag during the 2022 Pride Parade.

Ride with pride.

Vanessa Dubois, [XPOZD] Photography courtesy of San Diego Pride

Why July?

Everyone is invited to celebrate Pride, but San Diego isn’t looking for any rain on its parade. In the early days of Pride events — like the 1970s + 1980s — organizers tried to coordinate displays on the same weekend in June across the nation.

In San Diego, sponsored Pride events date back to 1975. That invited June Gloom to the party, and in 1990, San Diego Pride was almost canceled because of the rain. So, organizers decided to move the event to July because there were better odds of sunshine.

San Diego isn’t alone. While some communities host Pride events in June — including Oceanside’s Pride By The Beach and LA Pride — other SoCal areas have opted to move their events. South Bay Pride is on Sunday, Aug. 26, in Chula Vista, Imperial Valley hosts its event in October, and Palm Springs celebrates in November.