By Deniene Erickson
More than 200 volunteers from Kaiser Permanente joined thousands of spectators for the 6th Annual Oakland Pride Parade and Festival on Sunday, Sept.13.
The parade, which celebrated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) communities, kicked off at Broadway and 14th Street, working its way along crowded city streets to Broadway and 20th Street.
Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO, Bernard J. Tyson was the Pride Partner Grand Marshal for this year’s parade. Kaiser Permanente had a booth in front of its offices in downtown Oakland where attendees could show their pride with temporary tattoos and other free giveaways.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was also in attendance, as was Stomper from the Oakland Athletics and representatives of the Golden State Warriors, including members of Aftershock, the Warriors’ drum line.
Dozens of other city and community groups also participated in the parade.
According to organizers, nearly 50,000 attendees were anticipated for the parade and festival that followed.
Organizers say Oakland is home to the third largest LGBTQ community in the country.