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Sonoma County Pride Parade is Proudly Presented by:

STONEWALL TO SONOMA, A HERITAGE OF LOVE
Saturday, June 1, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Fourth Street & Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa

Who doesn’t LOVE a parade? Our 32nd annual LGBT Pride parade, presented by Hansel Subaru will bring a smile to your lips and warmth to your heart. Fun for all ages. Following the Stonewall Uprising, the first “Gay Power” Parades were radical marches, which slowly evolved into the “Pride Celebrations” we see today. The Sonoma County Pride parade is a festive celebration with colorful floats, elaborate costumes and some zany sites you won’t soon forget.

Our parade is for the whole community and everyone is welcome. We invite you to join the parade or enjoy watching one of the greatest spectacles in the North Bay Area. There will be a special commemoration of the Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising during the parade. Details are secret, you’ll have to be there to find out!

master of ceremonies

Eloy is a NorCal native, born and raised in Santa Rosa. He says “hella,” loves horror movies, and has a slight obsession with Lady Gaga and Beyoncé.  Eloy’s dreamt of being on the Read More
Eloy Camacho-Panoski

Eloy is a NorCal native, born and raised in Santa Rosa. He says “hella,” loves horror movies, and has a slight obsession with Lady Gaga and Beyoncé.  Eloy’s dreamt of being on the radio all his life, so he’s VERY excited to be on Hot 101.7!  Give him a call while you’re working at 636.1HOT!

grand marshals

Jim Obergefell draws from his unique experience at the heart of the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling to move and empower audiences to stand by their beliefs—and prove that love Read More
Jim Obergefell

Jim Obergefell draws from his unique experience at the heart of the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling to move and empower audiences to stand by their beliefs—and prove that love always wins.

A self-described accidental activist, Jim found himself in the role of caregiver for his partner of more than 20 years, John, as he neared the end of his life due to ALS. An unexpected series of events led to their decision to marry, eventually taking Jim to the Supreme Court and the landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that resulted in victory for marriage equality.

Jim and co-author, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Debbie Cenziper, captured Jim and John’s story, as well as the stories of others involved in this case in the book Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality, which is being adapted into a feature film.

Now a self-described purposeful activist, Jim is dedicated to the fight for equality not just for the LGBTQ community, but for civil rights for all. In his moving story of love, loss, dedication, and commitment, Jim brings audiences along on his emotional and empowering journey and his continued efforts fighting for human rights.

Pat Kerrigan is a third-generation San Franciscan, who came to Sonoma County with her eye (and ear) on radio. In 1980, she began her broadcasting career at a top-40 station: Read More
Pat Kerrigan

Pat Kerrigan is a third-generation San Franciscan, who came to Sonoma County with her eye (and ear) on radio. In 1980, she began her broadcasting career at a top-40 station: 92.9, which became the frequency for Froggy 92.9. In 1983, she became co-host of KZST’s morning show and added promotions director to her resume. In 1987, Pat moved to country’s Q105, where she hosted the morning show for the next 12 years. Promotion of the radio station evolved into an enormous commitment to public service and serving dozens of Sonoma County’s non-profit organizations. In 2001, Pat heard a local doctor speak about the need for a non-profit breast care center for women, and went to work. She procured the talents of Lily Tomlin (who performed for free), and raised a quarter-million dollars in one night: seed money for the Sutter Breast Care Center, which has been in full operation for more than a decade. In 2002, she moved to 97.7: she was behind the morning microphone as the oldies station was replaced by the very successful 97.7 The River. There, she initiated events like “Kerrigan’s Kids,” which provided a holiday celebration for 100 underprivileged kids. She also partnered with NBC to create a fund-raising event celebrating the final episode of “Friends.” Pat took a break a few years back to concentrate on taking care of her parents. Now she’s back, proudly anchoring the morning news on the historic airwaves of KSRO.

When the wildfires hit the North Bay in October, Pat was in the studio by midnight and spent the next 24 days on the air. She was the voice of Sonoma County when most other modes of communication were unavailable. Pat provided accurate information, comfort and compassion to the hundreds of thousands who ached to know what was going on. Since then, Pat as expanded her morning show by an hour to accommodate the many issues involved as Sonoma County recovers from this unparalleled disaster. She has become an advocate and a leader in the county, holding leadership accountable to the benefit of her beloved community.

honorees

Tom Schwedhelm
City of Santa Rosa Mayor
Tom Schwedhelm is currently the Mayor of the City of Santa Rosa.  He was first elected to the Santa Rosa City Council in November of 2014 and was re-elected in Read More
Tom SchwedhelmCity of Santa Rosa Mayor

Tom Schwedhelm is currently the Mayor of the City of Santa Rosa.  He was first elected to the Santa Rosa City Council in November of 2014 and was re-elected in 2018.  His colleagues on the City Council unanimously elected him to be the Mayor in December of 2018. Prior to being elected to the City Council, Tom worked for 31 years with the Santa Rosa Police Department.  In 2009, Tom was selected to be the 12th Chief of Police for Santa Rosa.  He retired as its Chief in December of 2013.

During his time on the City Council, Tom has served on a number of committees.  He is currently the Chair of the Home Sonoma County Leadership Council, which is now functioning as the Continuum of Care for Sonoma County.  He is also the Vice-Chair of the Groundwater Sustainability Agency, a recently formed agency that will be developing the Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Management Plan.  Since Tom has been on the City Council, he’s served as the Chair of the Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership.

Tom has lived in Santa Rosa since 1980.  He’s has been married to Jackie since 1987 and they have two adult children, Nicole, who is a Research Coordinator at a Financial Firm in San Francisco and Troy, a CPA for KPMG also in San Francisco.  

Tom earned his Associate’s degree in Administration of Justice at Santa Rosa Junior College, his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management at St. Mary’s College and his Master’s degree in Psychology – Organizational Development at Sonoma State University.

When not filling his role as Mayor, you can find Tom spending time with his family, biking the back roads of Sonoma County, struggling to find that perfect golf stroke, attending Oakland Raider games all the while longing for the abalone population to increase so that he can visit a few along the Sonoma and Mendocino coasts.

 

Gary (Buz) Hermes
An octogenarian, Gary “Buz” Hermes MA has been serving the LGBTQ community for over 35 years.   Buz started a Gay Forum in Marin County in the 80’s and coordinated support programs Read More
Gary (Buz) Hermes

An octogenarian, Gary “Buz” Hermes MA has been serving the LGBTQ community for over 35 years.   Buz started a Gay Forum in Marin County in the 80’s and coordinated support programs for HIV/AIDS caregivers at Kairos House in San Francisco.  He joined the Seniors Program staff of the Spectrum Center for LGBT Concerns in the 90’s.  He moved to Sonoma County in 2004 and served as an LGBT Aging Consultant to Adult and Aging Services and with the LGBT Mental Health Task Force.  He currently teaches a popular class  “Aging Gayfully” at Santa Rosa Junior College; Older Adults Program and facilitates LGBT senior discussion groups in Sonoma and Marin counties.

Rhiannon Jones
Miss Sonoma County
Youth Ambassador Rhiannon Jones – the first openly gay Miss Sonoma County Rihannon is 21 years of age in her senior year at Sonoma State University, studying for Bachelor of Read More
Rhiannon JonesMiss Sonoma County
Youth Ambassador Rhiannon Jones – the first openly gay Miss Sonoma County Rihannon is 21 years of age in her senior year at Sonoma State University, studying for Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art with intentions to obtain an advanced degree as a studio arts teacher. She is an outspoken advocate for  Sexual Assault Awareness, Reporting & Recovery She has a Distinguished Community Service Award, Child Development and Education (CTE Works), Advanced Placement United States History, four years of Marching Band Song Chair & Community Service Chair in Phi Sigma Sigma, Secretary of College Republicans, Sonoma State University Equestrian Major Events & Fundraising Chair, Equestrian Instructor with Girl Scouts San Diego and Girl Scouts of Northern California. 
Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, Miss Teen California United States 2017, semi-fluent in French, German and American Sign Language, worked with UC Davis Children’s Hospital, and has volunteered with One At A Time.

parade route

judges

Originally from the East Coast, Al came to Santa Rosa in 2001 via Los Angeles after spending 12 years working in the County of Los Angeles hospital system. He has Read More
Alvaris Duffis, MD

Originally from the East Coast, Al came to Santa Rosa in 2001 via Los Angeles after spending 12 years working in the County of Los Angeles hospital system. He has held several administrative and clinical positions in Radiology. His passions for great wine and food helped him discover Sonoma County during a Backroads bicycle tour. He enjoys baking and singing and can relate a song lyric to almost any occasion.

Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Sister Nova Nilla is a nun with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an Order of 21st century nuns doing charity work throughout the world. Nova has been a Sister for 17 Read More
Mike Bernard (Sister Nova Nilla)Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Sister Nova Nilla is a nun with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an Order of 21st century nuns doing charity work throughout the world. Nova has been a Sister for 17 years and has helped raise over a million dollars for local charities in Sonoma County. Her most notorious endeavor was creating the Sisters’ Bingo held once a month in Guerneville.

“Being a Sister is by far the most rewarding activity I’ve ever done.” says Nova. “It brought me out of my shy shell and taught me how to put on make-up and eyelashes and tutus and high heels and oh my!!!

Even better tho is that it’s all about spreading JOY in the community! I love JOY!  I hope you have a JOYous and JOYful Pride!”

 

Leslie organized the 2018 & 2019 Women’s March Santa Rosa and for the past three years was the manager of one of the largest community events in Courthouse Square. With Read More
Leslie Graves

Leslie organized the 2018 & 2019 Women’s March Santa Rosa and for the past three years was the manager of one of the largest community events in Courthouse Square. With a background in non-profit programming, events and corporate retail marketing, she is excited to start her own local event production company dedicated to community, inclusivity and equality. Look for the big reveal of how Sonoma County Pride and Leslie are teaming up to Countdown to 2020.

Judging Criteria and Awards

  • Judges will be selected from the community by the Parade committee.
  • Each unit will be judged on its overall presentation and the judges’ decision will be final.
  • Awards will be granted to three places in each judging category.
  • Performances in the parade are only allowed at the Judges stand (On Fourth Street at E Street) with a limit of one (1) minute. Stopping the parade to perform in other areas of the parade may result in being pulled from the parade lineup without refund.
  • The awards will be presented on the Festival Stage at 3:00pm, June 1, 2019. If the winner is not present the award will be held by the parade committee and the winner contacted to receive their award.

Judging Categories:

  1. Best Use of Pride Theme: Love
  2. Most Creative & Original
  3. Best Overall

Awards in each category:

  1. First: tba
  2. Second: tba
  3. Third: tba

parade contingents

421 Group
Breathless Wines
Church Ladies and Gents for Gay Rights
Food for Thought
Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County
Gary (Buzz) Herme
HPEACE
Hubbub Club
Jim Obergefell
Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa
LezResist
lifeworks of Sonoma County
Mike Thompson
North Bay LGBQI Families
Pat Kerrigan
Positive Images
Pride United-United Way of the Wine Country
Redwood Rainbows Square Dance Club
Rhianna Jones
Santa Rosa City Bus
Santa Rosa Junior College
Sebastopol Senior Center
Sista Boom
Sonoma County Democratic Party
Sonoma County Rollar Derby
Sonoma Pride Bowling League
Starbucks Coffee Company
Tom Schwedhelm Mayor of Santa Rosa
TransLife
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Rosa
United Methodist Churches of Santa Rosa
Verity
West County Community Services

As of May 3, 2019

travel information

We've tried to make planing your visit to Sonoma County Pride easy. Here is some local hotel, travel details you might find helpful.

Ground Transport

By Bus, By Smart Train or By Car

Accommodation

Where to stay is always important when planning a trip.

Cafe & Restaurant

As for any trip, you need to know where to eat!

FAQs

The Sonoma County Pride planning committee is working hard to finalize details for this year’s Pride events. Once we have finalized the details we will publish FAQs and answers in this location. Thank you for your patience.

What should I wear? – Be festive! Wear lots of color! Don’t be afraid to show your pride and wear rainbows and tons of color! Be sure to dress comfortable, and remember it could be warm so be sure to wear sunscreen!

Are Dogs Allowed? – dogs are allowed so long as they are on a leash and well behaved. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after them. Please take into consideration that we expect a very large crowd and there will be music and controlled chaos.. Some animals might be stressed.