Any moment now the United States Supreme Court is expected to rule on the legality of gay marriage. If everything goes according to San Francisco’s expectations, the Supremes will vote in favor of free marriage for all and this year’s Pride Parade, which also happens to be the 45th anniversary of the celebration will be the most epic one in history. Wondering where and how to join the rainbow-colored fun? Here are 6 ways to participate.
1. Margaret Cho and DJ Go Bang
Want to kick start the festivities early? Head to Dirty Habit on tonight for a celebration of Pride to benefit The Trevor Project, an amazing organization that focuses on providing support and prevention to suicidal lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Thursday’s party is hosted by Margaret Cho, plus there will be circus performers, a sideshow booth, and plenty of tasty drinks and snacks.
2. Rainbow Burrata Salad at Precita Park Cafe
At our favorite neighborhood eatery, Precita Park Cafe in Bernal Heights, chefs Chris Seyersdahl and Richie Wilim (who happen to be masters of making housemade burrata, trust us, we went to one of their classes!) are serving up a rainbow salad. This tasty dish features mini burratas topped with green spinach and mint, blue blueberries, red strawberries, and yellow peppers. The whole thing is covered in a light shower of smoked bacon dust because, well, just because.
3. Green Lantern at Bluestem Brasserie
In honor of DC Comics first-ever gay superhero, the Green Lantern (the Ryan Reynolds movie was made in 2011 before the Green Lantern came out in 2012), Bluestem Brasserie, which is located on Market Street directly on the parade route, is shaking up a specialty cocktail all month long. The Green Lantern is a refreshing blend of pisco, basil, and black paper topped with a salty-sweet sugar and salt rim. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Pride then toasting with the Green Lantern — cheers!
4. Three Twins SF Pride Flavors
Three Twins Ice Cream makes some of the creamiest most delicious ice cream around. Seriously, having a pint of their lemon cookie ice cream in our freezer is downright dangerous as it’s so good it’s hard to put the carton down without eating the entire thing! For SF Pride 2015, founding twin Neal Gottlieb has unveiled some amazing sounding limited edition flavors: Two Tops Don’t Make a Bottom (vanilla ice cream with muffin tops), Hot Cookie (vanilla with cookies), and Dorothy’s Ruby Slipper (raspberry sorbet). Hurry, these ice creams are only available this weekend at the Three Twins scoop shops.
5. The Weekender at 25 Lusk
25 Lusk has one of the sexiest lounges in SF and we can’t wait to head on over to the SOMA alley to enjoy a little happy hour in honor of Pride. For the rest of the month, 25 Lusk is donating $1 of every sale of the Weekender, a delightful libation that’s a riff on the classic gin fizz with raspberries and ginger, to the Richmond Ermet Aids Foundation. The non profit, native to San Francisco, promotes awareness about HIV and provides youth and hunger services — a movement we can all get behind.
6. SF Pride Official Post Parade Party
Who doesn’t want to party after the parade at City Hall’s Rotunda? We defiantly do! On Sunday June 28th, from 2 – 5 pm, San Francisco Pride is hosting the official VIP party that features three different music acts, a hosted bar, and plenty of delectable snacks. The scene is sure to be LGBT: lovely, great, beautiful, and terrific!