Berkeley puts its own spin on Pride Day parade

Berkeley’s first ever float in the San Francisco Pride March. Left to right: on street Mark Wilson Pacific Center Youth Program Director, Carlos (guitarist), Leslie Ewing, Pacific Center E.D.; Irina Rivkin (musician), Ben Rama (musician), Tara Flanagan (newly elected Judge), Carol (Tara’s partner), Stefen as Bishop Berkeley (in the background). Photo: Cathy Cade

Dozens of Berkeley residents joined the thousands of people marching Sunday in the San Francisco Pride March, which organizers said may have been the largest yet. Berkeley entered its first official float for the parade, which was decorated with replicas of well-know Berkeley landmarks, like the Campanile, and LGBTQI2-S cultural landmarks and organizations, like The Pacific Center, White Horse Inn, and Steamworks. Stefen, a Berkeley artist and muralist, designed and built the float.

A contingent from The Pacific Center marches in Sunday’s Pride Parade. Photo: Cathy Cade
Members of The Pacific Center march in the parade. Photo: Cathy Cade

Numerous city councilmembers donated funds from their office accounts to pay for the float, with Kriss Worthington donating close to $1,000. Worthington, Darryl Moore, and Jesse Arreguín also marched in the parade.

The Berkeley float, designed by the artist and muralist Stefen. Photo: Brittany Whitehill


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