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JOIN US – JUNE 2, 2018 @ NOON

Join us for our 31st annual Sonoma County Pride Parade on June 2, 2018, in downtown Santa Rosa on 4th Street. Parade states at noon, followed by our Pride Festival from Noon to 8PM. This year’s theme is Together We Rise. The idea behind the theme is to combat hateful rhetoric and policies of the current national political leadership and to stand behind the people of the community who feel threatened by the words and actions of others who have been emboldened by the last election. The event will also embrace people who have been traumatized and dislocated after the recent tragic fires that devastated the county and surrounding areas. The entire event will be about joining together to resist bigotry and discrimination and helping the community to heal and rebuild.

National Anthem

performed by Jeremy Lipsin

Jeremy is thrilled to perform the National Anthem in this year’s Pride Parade and Celebration. Originally from Toronto, he was able to thrive in his passions for music, theatre and dance while being raised in Sonoma County. He performs as a singer-songwriter and is actively pursuing music.

Master of Ceremonies

JUSTIN LUCAS has performed at the legendary Purple Onion, the Punchline, Cobb’s, and other popular Bay Area comedy venues.  Justin has successfully entered a number of comedy competitions, such as Read More
Justin Lucas

JUSTIN LUCAS has performed at the legendary Purple Onion, the Punchline, Cobb’s, and other popular Bay Area comedy venues.  Justin has successfully entered a number of comedy competitions, such as “The Mic Is Hot Comedy Competition” (2013, 1st place winner), and the “San Francisco International Comedy Competition” (2012, semi-finalist), and his awards include the 2015 “Bay Area Reporter” award for Best Male Comedian. After branching out into acting, both stage and television, he appeared in the HBO series, Looking, Season 2, opposite Jonathan Groff. An eclectic entertainer, Justin continues his stand-up comedy career, performs sketch comedy, currently appearing with the San Francisco based group, “Killing My Lobster.”

grand marshals

Grand Marshal
Alec Mapa played the role of Adam Benet on the popular prime time show Half & Half, as well as, Suzuki St. Pierre on Ugly Betty and Vern on Desperate Read More
Alec MapaGrand Marshal

Alec Mapa played the role of Adam Benet on the popular prime time show Half & Half, as well as, Suzuki St. Pierre on Ugly Betty and Vern on Desperate Housewives. He recurred as Renzo on Switched at Birth.

In 2013, Alex debuted in his own one-man show, Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy which was made into a concert film and premiered on Showtime.

Visit Alec’s website to learn more him and to join him on social media.http://www.alecmapa.com/

Don’t miss America’s Gaysian Sweetheart!
An Evening of Stand Up Comedy with Actor and Comedian ALEC MAPA

“Sonoma Strong” – words that resonate with all of us who lived through the Firestorms that ravaged our beloved county on October 9th, 2017. We owe a debt of gratitude to our brave first responders who selflessly put themselves in harm;s way to help others.

Despite the county suffering devastating losses to lives, homes and property, it would have been far worse if it were not for out First Responders. Some risked their lives to save others, some worked tiredness hours to help those in need, we all pulled together as a community to rise above and show our resiliency to become Sonoma Strong.

Sonoma Count Pride would like to say THANK YOU to the dispatchers, officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, bus drivers, pet rescue volunteers, medical personnel and happen by ensuring our public safety every day.

parade route

judges

Dianna L. Grayer PhD., LMFT is a multi-talented woman with vision. Dianna, a Marriage and Family Therapist with a practice located in Petaluma, loves to work with clients who want Read More
Dianna L. Grayer PhD., LMFT
Dianna L. Grayer PhD., LMFT is a multi-talented woman with vision. Dianna, a Marriage and Family Therapist with a practice located in Petaluma, loves to work with clients who want to heal, change, and grow. She is an author, professor, workshop creator and facilitator, playwright, and co-hosts Living Proof, a radio show on KRCB’S Outbeat Radio. She has produced and directed her LGBTQ+ play, Private Lives Private Lies in 6 different locations around the North Bay (and another is coming July 21 & 22 in Cotati). For fun she writes, enjoys nature, plays Pinochle and bowls in the LGBTQI league in Rohnert Park!
Matthew Smith is a resident of Santa Rosa and a retired International Human Resources Manager. He is member of the LGBTQ Giving Circle, Letter People and Santa Rosa Gaydar. He Read More
Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith is a resident of Santa Rosa and a retired International Human Resources Manager. He is member of the LGBTQ Giving Circle, Letter People and Santa Rosa Gaydar. He is also a Tribal Elder of the Graton Rancheria Tribe. He is happily married to Bilal Khan.

Top Rated Santa Rosa based personal injury and criminal defense attorney with more than twenty-five years of litigation experience on your side.  Established two law firms in the North Bay—Sonoma Read More
Michael A Fiumara
  • Top Rated Santa Rosa based personal injury and criminal defense attorney with more than twenty-five years of litigation experience on your side.  Established two law firms in the North Bay—Sonoma and Marin Co. Offices
  • In 2015, recognized as one of the top trial lawyers by the “National Trial Lawyers.”
  • Selected as one of the official Teamster Panel attorneys in the North Bay—Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC.  
  • Mr. Fiumara fights like hell for his clients because he knows the meaning of discrimination
  • Mr. Fiumara has achieved numerous multimillion dollar personal injury settlements, and jury awards for his clients
  • Overall winner in the San Francisco/Arcadia Body Building Championships in 1992.  
  • Silver and bronze winner at the Vancouver and New York Gay Games in both light and bantamweight classes.  

 

  • 1993 San Francisco Apex awards for excellence in body building/physique for 1991, 19992, and 1993.  

 

  • 1991 Outstanding Cable Car Award in recognition of distinguished accomplishment during 1991 for BODY-BUILDING, the Bob Cramer Award for Excellence in Bodybuilding.

 

Parade judge Robin Waters was born and raised in Sonoma County.  As a young adult she started her career in the casino business as a cocktail server in Lake Tahoe Read More
Robin Waters

Parade judge Robin Waters was born and raised in Sonoma County.  As a young adult she started her career in the casino business as a cocktail server in Lake Tahoe and shortly thereafter became a blackjack dealer.  Through many moves around the country she worked her way up in the business to the director level. 

Robin opened Graton Resort & Casino as Table Games Director, a position she currently holds.  Robin is a life-long advocate for women’s rights, LGBTQI equality, and social justice. 

Judge
Patti Cake is an American artist living in Los Angeles, her humble beginnings were from the small town of Santa Rosa which she holds near and dear to her heart. Read More
Pattie CakeJudge

Patti Cake is an American artist living in Los Angeles, her humble beginnings were from the small town of Santa Rosa which she holds near and dear to her heart. When she’s not performing at night clubs In Hollywood she can be seen dazzling the screen in music videos, ad campaigns, Patti has been a muse for internationally acclaimed artists. she’s even been rumored to have been the Face of Japan’s premium sardine company, but that’s all part of the mystique. Model, actress, hooker, waitress, Patti Cake the icon.

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 2, 2018. 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: Together We Rise
  2. Most Creative & Original
  3. Best Overall

Awards in each category:

  1. First: Pride Disco Ball Trophy
  2. Second: Pink Rotating Star Trophy
  3. Third: Award Plaque

parade contingents

50 Years Together
Church Ladies/Gents for Gay Rights
Community First Credit Union
First Responders
First United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa
Food for Thought
Forgotten Felines
Fountaingrove Lodge
Graton Resort and Casino
Hansel Subaru
Jill Ravitch – District Attorney of Sonoma County
Kaiser Permanente
LGBTQ Connection
LesResist
Letter People
Moore Solar/Heating/Cooling
North Bay LGBTQI Families
Oakmont Rainbow Women
PFLAG
Positive Images
Redwood Rainbows Square Dancers
SC Seniors LGBTQI Group
Sonoma County roller derby
UUCSR

LGBTQ Connection

schedule

Our 2018 schedule of events is still in development and subject to change

  • Pride Comedy Kick-OffStarring TV Star Alec Mapa / Laugh Cellar
  • LGBTQI Sonoma County History Exhibit UnveilingReception / Downtown Santa Rosa
  • Discover Santa RosaSave $$ While Shopping at Downtown Santa Rosa Businesses / Downtown Santa Rosa
  • 12:00
    LGBTQI Sonoma County History ExhibitDowntown Santa Rosa
  • 12:00
    Sonoma County Pride ParadeDowntown Santa Rosa - Fourth Street
  • 12:00
    Sonoma County Pride FestivalOld Courthouse Square, Downtown Santa Rosa
  • Party At The RiverR3 Guerneville, CA
  • Pride Sunday To Do ListBrunch. Matinee. Shop / Save $$ While Shopping at Downtown Santa Rosa Businesses
  • OUTwatchWine Country’s LGBTQI Film Festival / Third Street Theater, Downtown Santa Rosa

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.