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San Diego Pride Has Been Cancelled This Year

April 16, 2020
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San Diego Pride has officially called off this year's multi-day event.

This year's annual event was set to take place July 17-19, 2020 The festivities usually include a parade, music festival in Balboa Park and other special events throughout the weekend.

Dear Pride Family, What our organization, community, and planet are currently facing is unprecedented. The continuing loss of daily connection, income, jobs, safety, security, health, and the devastating loss of life are traumatic impacts that we are all enduring. As those impacts reverberate through us all, know that your Pride Family, from our board, staff, and volunteers, all extend our love, sympathy, and strength to you all. We are immensely lucky and grateful to live in San Diego, California, where our state and local agencies and leaders acted quickly and decisively to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is with the deepest love, gratitude, and respect for those essential workers who are on the front lines to keep us safe, healthy, and fed that we implore the rest of us who are able to stay home and stay physically distant from each other to do so. While early indications show us that we here in our state and county may have flattened the curve, it is incumbent upon all of us to continue taking seriously our personal responsibility with regards to public health and abide by the directives given to us if we are to mitigate the spread, keep our losses as low as possible, and expedite being on the other side of this global crisis. The Governor made announcements today about what the future begins to look like as we all cautiously and strategically begin to open up our economy and return to a version of our previous reality. At the moment our State orders show us a world where mass gatherings of any kind are not healthy or safe to conduct. Health and safety are and always will be our number one priorities at San Diego Pride. While the future is unforeseeable, know that we continue to communicate and work closely with government and public health officials about any possible in-person event that may take place once it is healthy and safe to do so. As this continues to evolve and we continue to learn more we will share further updates with you. For now, our programs continue on in virtual spaces and we look forward to sharing our Pride plans that follow our state and local guidance with you all as soon as we know more. With Pride, Fernando Zweifach López

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Nick Serrano, co-chair of the San Diego Pride Board of Directors said, “We encourage everyone not to see this decision as a setback, but a step forward – this is what we must do so that we can come together sooner rather than later. It is in that vein that we encourage everyone to stay home per local and state guidelines, to check in on one another during this time, and remember that we are all in this together.”

 

On the bright side, San Diego Pride is taking part in a virtual "Global Pride" event June 27. More details on the virtual celebration coming soon!